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Award Recipients

Frankie Barnhill is a general assignment reporter for Boise State Public Radio. She earned her production chops at American Public Media, interning for Marketplace Tech Report and American RadioWorks. She earned her investigative journalism credentials as an investigative reporting researcher in Minnesota Public Radio and served as a fellow with the Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources in 2013, where she began to hone her environmental reporting skills.

Barnhill won a grant with the city of Boise’s Arts and History Department to profile emerging artists for Boise State Public Radio’s audience in 2014. Barnhill graduated from the College of St. Catherine with a degree in English literature. She hails from Missoula – so naturally she likes to fly-fish in her spare time. She’s also obsessed with “30 Rock,” her bike and going to concerts.


Audrey Dutton grew up in Twin Falls and returned to Idaho four years ago to cover business and health care for the Idaho Statesman.

Her journalism career began almost 10 years ago when she worked at a Minneapolis psychotherapy clinic that specialized in sex-related disorders. After getting to know several transgender individuals, she pitched a cover story about their struggles to a local alt-weekly and has been hooked on journalism ever since.

She dove into the profession as a graduate student at Colombia University where she earned her M.S. in journalism in 2006. She’s written for numerous publications including Newsday and the Washington Post. Along the way, she’s picked up several journalism awards, including a Reporter of the Year award from the Idaho Press Club and top reporting honors from the Society of Professional Journalists. Read more about Audrey here.


Eric Hayes’ professional writing projects have tackled issues that range from studies of digital technology in agricultural production to law review articles on human trafficking at the Olympic Games, to op-eds for non-profit groups working on wilderness issues. He’s also thrown some press releases for political campaigns into the mix. Livestock journalism personal essays and memoir writing round out his writing and reporting resume.

While working on his Master’s of Fine Arts at the University of Idaho, Hayes focused his studies on creative non-fiction. He studied contemporary literary journalism and written academic essays on the work and lives of historic American writers who helped create a fourth genre of writing that blurs the boundary between journalism and literature.


Cameron Rasmusson started his reporting career as an intern for the Missoula Independent, where he primarily wrote music reviews and features on touring artists. Now he’s running the alt-weekly show in Sandpoint, Idaho where he edits the Sandpoint Reader.

At the Bonner County Daily Bee, he worked the city and business beats and wrote human interest and arts features. He published with other Hagadone-owned papers like the Coeur d’Alene Press and freelanced for the Boise Weekly and the Flathead Beacon. As editor for the Sandpoint Reader, he edits other people’s work, reports and writes large feature articles and works to keep journalism alive in Northern Idaho.


Zach Voss worked as a graphic designer, beat reporter and multimedia journalist for his entire college career at Boise State University. Upon graduating, he started his own video production company which produces commercial and creative videos.

Voss also makes documentary films and related web content. Journalism introduced him to video production and now he’s looking to expand his reporting experience with the skills he developed as a videographer and storyteller. Born and raised in Idaho, Voss says he’s invested in this state and contributing to Idaho’s progress by offering compelling content to the forum of public affairs reporting.