Idaho EdNews hires former educator and journalist

Idaho Education News welcomes reporter Darren Svan to its staff this week.

Svan returns to the newsroom after working more than 20 years for the U.S. military overseas in a variety of positions, from outdoor recreation and facility management to classroom teacher. As an educator, he taught English, journalism and literature for 13 years at Ramstein Middle School in Germany. He holds bachelor’s degrees in English and journalism, and a master’s in education.

Prior to working for the military, Svan was news editor at publications in Dubois and Lander, Wyo., where he earned several

Darren Svan and his family.

Wyoming Press Association writing awards. In addition, he was a reporter and sports editor in Salida, Colo.

Svan looks forward to joining an experienced EdNews’ staff committed to informing readers and holding education leaders accountable for taxpayer dollars. Together with East Idaho Bureau reporter Carly Flandro, he will cover how legislation and policies impact K-12 students, teachers, support staff, administrators and parents. He will also focus on classroom best practices, in-depth enterprise stories, and exploring the synergy between high schools and local employers.

“His experience in teaching and journalism will be of great value to Idaho Education News,” said EdNews’ managing editor Jennifer Swindell. “We are lucky to have him join the team.”

Svan was born at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and was raised in stateside and overseas military communities. He will be joined in Boise by his wife, a longtime military reporter, and his son; his daughter studies nursing at the University of Wyoming and is a member of the Army ROTC Cowboy Battalion.

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 impacts 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.

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