Meet the News Team

Steve Jackson
Assignment Editor, Morning Edition Host
Steve JacksonSteve has worked in radio since graduating from the University of Idaho in 1980. His early career included time at the Pullman commercial station where he learned the intricacies of early automation systems, reading the news via a “clacker” style AP wire machine from the 1940s, and producing dozens of radio commercials on a daily basis. After moving to Spokane in 1984, Steve found work on two commercial stations at the same time, and had to use two different air names. One station featured the Music of Your Life format, the other was KXLY, where Steve worked for 15 years. That stint included learning the news biz from some very established veteran broadcasters, and also fill in shifts as a TV news producer, and TV newsman on the KXLY “Extra” channel. He also learned how to survive working 14 hour shifts during coverage of the Icestorm in 1996. Steve was hired at Spokane Public Radio in 1999, and began his career at KPBX as the All Things Considered host and found a niche in environmental and natural resource reporting. Nowadays, many Inland Northwest residents wake up to Steve’s voice as early as 5am, as the local host during NPR’s Morning Edition.

Congratulations to Steve Jackson for taking 2nd place at the 2011 Society of Professional Journalists Northwest Region Awards. Jackson was honored in the category of Special Feature for his report "Norwester '76," which covered the infamous rock mid-70s rock concert at State Line, ID. To hear his winning story. Click here.

Tom Bacon
Tom BaconTom hates to admit that he's been working as a reporter for nearly 40 years. "I have flipped back and forth, Janus-like, between print and broadcast journalism." he says. "When my wife and I moved to this area from southeast Texas, I had been afternoon news anchor for eight years at KTRH in Houston, the leading news and information station in Texas." Before that, Tom was twice managing editor of a daily newspaper in a town near Houston, and news director of two other radio stations. He also worked in the other Washington for a year as press and legislative aide to Rep. Charlie Wilson of Texas (yep, the “Charlie Wilson’s War” guy). Tom has won a number of journalism awards and was instrumental in winning a Peabody and an Edward R. Murrow award for KTRH. Tom happened to be on the air when the first bombs fell on Baghdad in the first Gulf War and was anchoring when the Branch Davidian compound in Waco went up in flames. For Tom, working at Spokane Public Radio has been doubly fun and satisfying because of the smart, creative people, and because of the stations' proximity to the top-drawer newsfolk at NPR.

Paige Browning
All Things Considered Host / News Reporter
A native of Spokane, and graduate of Lewis and Clark High School, Paige first worked in radio as a DJ at her college radio station, KBGA-Missoula, where she quickly jumped into reporting and anchoring news. While her interest in radio as a public service runs deep, she also brings experience in producing and directing documentary films and TV magazine shows. Paige and her classmates completed four shows for Montana PBS as students at the University of Montana, two of which were nominees for a Northwest Academy of Arts and Sciences student Emmy award. After graduating, Paige traveled as a Collegiate Development Consultant for a women’s leadership fraternity, visiting over 20 universities throughout North America.  To maintain her interest in journalism while traveling, she wrote for two blogs and recorded video and audio for her organization. Now, she has more energy than ever for reporting news, and her goal is to bring the best quality, highest priority, relevant, and entertaining news to SPR. When Paige is not on air, she’s probably skiing, volunteering, or discovering new bands and artists. Follow on Twitter: @SPRlocalnews

Jessica Robinson
North Idaho Correspondent
Jessica Robinson joined the Northwest News Network (N3) team in late February 2011 as the Inland Northwest Correspondent. Based in Coeur d'Alene, ID, Jessica covers the economic, demographic, and environmental trends that are shaping communities east of the Cascades. "Reporting is most fun when you actually get to go out in the world and visit people and places in person…I'm lucky to have a job where I'm expected to get out of the office, see things for myself, and spend the time that's needed to cover a story." Prior to joining the Northwest News Network team, Jessica was the news director of Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland, Oregon, where she produced a newsmagazine about Northern California and Southern Oregon. In 2010, she took a year to study Spanish in central Mexico and reported for an English-language newspaper in San Miguel de Allende. Jessica's stories for radio and print have earned awards from the Associated Press, the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, and Public Radio News Directors Inc. When she's not agonizing over the perfect piece of tape, Jessica enjoys camping, hiking, amateur photography and learning the etymology of words. Follow on Twitter: @N3jessica
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