Libby Wood Howe grew up just across the Snake River from Lewiston in Clarkston, Wash. Although not technically a native Idahoan, her upbringing in the Lewis-Clark Valley set the stage for a good understanding of Idaho and its people.
A graduate of Brigham Young University, with a degree in Broadcast Communications, Libby began her career as a television news anchor and reporter for KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls. In 2001, she left television to join the ranks at Idaho State University. She served as ISU's public relations director, where she oversaw all media relations, marketing and branding efforts at the university. In January 2008, following the birth of her twins, Libby stepped down from the director position in favor of a part-time assignment. She is currently the Director of Television Initiatives at ISU. Through her current assignment, Libby serves as the executive producer and host of Idaho State of Mind. She has a great love for higher education and a profound belief in the opportunities it can provide Idaho's citizens.
Libby and her husband, Todd, a Pocatello native, have made their home in the Gate City. They are the proud parents of three children: Gavin, Grace and William.
Director of Production Services
Tom Hallaq's professional background is in live television producing and directing. He was part of the startup news team for KSTU Fox 13 in Salt Lake City, Utah where he also produced the Utah Jazz broadcasts. He has worked as a News Operations Manager for WDEF-TV, CBS, in Chattanooga, Tenn. and for KNDU-TV, NBC, in Kennewick, Wash. In addition to his work at network affiliates, he has also been involved in several independent productions and continues to stay involved as a freelance professional in the video industry.
Hallaq earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications from Brigham Young University and his Master's of Education in Instructional Media and Technology from Eastern Washington University. He currently has ABD status in his doctoral program in Educational Leadership: Instructional Design at Idaho State University. His research interests include media literacy and cultural effects of media and broadcast history.
Elaine Washam is the producer of Idaho State of Mind. She is a Mass Communication major with an emphasis in Broadcast Television. She is also working toward a minor in Anthropology. Washam is scheduled to graduate in May 2012.
Besides working for Idaho State of Mind, Washam has interned at KPVI Newschannel 6 in Pocatello. She recently finished a photojournalism project while volunteering for two weeks in the Dominican Republic and has worked for ISU's student newspaper, The Bengal.
Washam feels her experience working with Idaho State of Mind has enhanced her educational experience.
"The atmosphere created by this group of hardworking individuals is something to be cherished. Being able to work with a professional like Libby Howe has also helped me to understand the business much better. The real-world experience that is received working in a student-friendly production such as this is priceless," she said.
She encourages future employers to visit her online portfolio at http://elainewashamsportfolio.blogspot.com/ to learn more about her accomplishments, see her full resume and view examples of her work.
Chris Cole was born and raised in Pocatello, where he graduated from Century High School in 2008. During his senior year, he was the Sojourner Yearbook editor-in-chief, senior class senator, Pocatello Mayor's Youth Forum president, Healthy Promises for Healthy Youth secretary and recipient of the Al Neuharth Free Spirit Journalism Scholarship Award.
Since attending Idaho State University, he has been production editor for the Bengal Newspaper and media assistant for the Mass Communication department. Currently he is the reporter for Idaho State of Mind and an intern at KPVI Newschannel 6.
Chris hopes one day to become a reporter that gets the story that matters most - yours. He believes everyone has a story, and he wants to be the one to tell it. He hopes to be a lead reporter for a major international news network, and wants to be a positive example that hard work and persistence are the way to fully achieve your goals.
Jim Kluza is the director and editor for Idaho State of Mind. He is pursuing a degree in Mass Communication, with an emphasis in television production.
In addition to his responsibilities with Idaho State of Mind, he also directs and produces Idaho State Sports webcasting and the video for the video screen at Holt Arena. He has helped in the development of the mobile production system used for ISU sports and special events.
While working at the station formerly known as KZAZ-TV in Tucson, AZ, he helped make television history as an engineer on the first mobile production van used for the production of Tucsons' Toro's baseball games and University of Arizona sports.
Despite the fact that Jim is a student himself, his many years of experience working in television production has made his university experience unique. He especially enjoys sharing the knowledge he has gained with other students.
"It's fun working with the students in the production of Idaho State of Mind and the sports crews. I feel that along with being a student and with my work experience, I am also a teacher helping them gain a better understanding of live and tape production."
Technical Director/Graphic Artist
Shaun Forrey is the Technical Director and Graphic Artist for Idaho State of Mind.
Shaun was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and is a 2008 graduate of Bishop Kelly High School. Originally double-majoring in Spanish and Political Science, he worked his way to Idaho State University in his sophomore year and discovered his love for the media. He is now a senior majoring in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Mass Media Studies and a Spanish minor.
Along with being a student reporter for Idaho State of Mind, Shaun has also been a freelance writer for The Bengal student newspaper at ISU, and is currently a media assistant for the Department of Mass Communication filming ISU sporting events.
Upon graduating in fall 2012, Shaun plans to move to Los Angeles and work in television and film production.
Jeff Beery, Technical Director
Anton Boyadjian, Graphic Designer