Steve Jackson

News Assignment Editor; Morning Edition Host

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999.  His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR.  “It was a different world on the weekends at night here.  There was a lot of interplay between shows and producers, and live jam sessions on the air.”  Now, Steve is the voice of local weather and news during Morning Edition, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC.  He also makes the morning coffee.  Aside from SPR, Steve is a simple, dirt farmer who enjoys gardening, chickens, music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.  He plays acoustic and electric guitar and is proud to say that his mom listens to him every day.

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Idaho Conservation League

Bonner County, Idaho voters this week rejected a proposed wilderness area in north Idaho.

The vote was 5672 to 4831 against the proposed 13 thousand acre Scotchman Peak wilderness area.

Although the vote was only advisory, Republican US senator Jim Risch now says he will not reintroduce legislation that would create the wilderness area. He had previously introduced such legislation in 2016. At that time, he held public hearings in the region and said it appeared most people supported the idea of wilderness designation.

While major flooding is hitting some areas of the Inland Northwest, the situation isn’t nearly as dire in Bonner County in northern Idaho.

NBC News

Last week, we reported on a new movie that takes a look at the standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. This week, a new podcast is being released by a former Spokane reporter on the controversial Bundy family that was behind the standoff.

The Canadian Press


Residents of Northport, Washington are being told that Washington state is looking into funding sources for air monitoring of emissions from a lead and zinc smelter some 20 miles away in British Columbia.

Spokane Veterans for Peace

An exhibit that looks at an horrific chapter in American military history is featured at the downtown branch of the Spokane Public Library.

The exhibit looks at the My Lai Massacre of 1968, when American soldiers in Vietnam brutally killed hundreds of civilians in the village at My Lai.