Good news for Boise’s Team Dave and the Ada Commishes: Brad Hem of the Daily Paper is moving to Texas. Bad news for readers and citizens.
Hem covered the city-county beat for almost 5 years and racked up an impressive record of solid journalism and clear, factual writing. He covered the demise of Brent Coles and the others who left office in shame.
Had it not been for the Brad Hem interview with City Councilor Vern Bisterfeldt over a closed door meeting with the Ada Commishes, we wouldn’t be in the middle of a legal “clarification” of Idaho’s open meeting law. On more than one occasion he questioned officials about the technicalities of meeting behind closed doors.
He will join the staff of the Houston Chronicle in Texas covering business news.
In an exclusive GUARDIAN interview, Hem disclosed that staffers in Mayor Dave Bieter’s office–and sometimes Bieter himself–would call the Statesman publisher or editor and complain about coverage if it wasn’t all positive.
“It is a form of intimidation to have Michael Zuzel call your boss and complain. That office (Team Dave) can be punitive if they aren’t happy with the news coverage,” said Hem.
Katy Kreller, currently covering Meridian, will take over the Boise Government beat. Give her your best ideas and help before she gets overwhelmed by the politicos and their PR machines.
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