Idaho Education News added a member to its team this week.
Lifelong Idahoan Blake Jones joined EdNews’ corps of reporters Thursday. He’ll cover the politics and policy of Idaho’s K-12 public schools, replacing reporter Clark Corbin, who departed last month for the Idaho Capital Sun, a new nonprofit digital news outlet focused on state politics reporting.
Born in Boise, raised in Meridian and educated in Caldwell, Jones holds degrees in Political Economy and Creative Writing from the College of Idaho and a diploma from Bishop Kelly High School in Boise. He previously reported at the Idaho Press, where he covered Meridian and Kuna for the paper’s flagship publication and two weeklies — the Meridian Press and Kuna Melba News. At the Press, he dug into the politics of education funding reform, took deep dives into state legislative races and covered a union protest in the West Ada School District that boiled over into a lawsuit last fall.
Jones will bring his emphasis on education and government journalism to EdNews, writing watchdog reports, breaking news and arming policymakers and parents alike with the information they need to make decisions regarding Idaho education. He’ll keep tabs on the Idaho Legislature, school spending and more.
Idaho Education News is a nonprofit, digital news organization. The staff reports primarily on Idaho public education, but also on national education issues and their impact on Idaho. EdNews is a public awareness service where parents, patrons, educators and lawmakers can find accurate, critical information on issues that affect Idaho’s children and their futures.
You can follow Jones on Twitter at @jonesblakej and send him news tips at [email protected]