March 31, 2021

For Immediate Release


Jillian Susi

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States Newsroom Launches Idaho Capital Sun

Seasoned Reporter Christina Lords to Lead New Outlet

Boise, ID – Today, States Newsroom, the nation’s leading network of state-based nonprofit news outlets announced the launch of its 21st outlet: Idaho Capital Sun.  

Based in Boise, the Capital Sun is staffed by professional journalists with deep experience in Idaho statehouse reporting. The outlet will report on important state issues, which are often under-covered due to the decline in local news across the nation. All of the Capital Sun’s reporting is available to be republished online or in print by other organizations through “Capital Connections,” States Newsroom’s free syndication service. 

Christina Lords will serve as the editor-in-chief of the Capital Sun. Lords has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. She led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism and has 14 writing awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Idaho Press Club and UISAPA.

“Idahoans deserve to be informed about the important happenings in our state capital,” said Christina Lords, editor-in-chief of the Capital Sun. “Our aim is to bring data, context and analysis to some of the most under-covered state politics and capital city issues. Idaho has a long history of a robust, investigative press corps. It’s my hope our work will continue that tradition for years to come.”

The Capital Sun will also be staffed by veteran Idaho reporters:

  • Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press
  • Clark Corbin has more than a decade of experience covering Idaho government and politics. Prior to joining the Idaho Capital Sun, he covered every Idaho legislative session from 2011-2020 gavel-to-gavel, first for the Idaho Falls Post Register and most recently with Idaho Education News
  • Audrey Dutton joined the Idaho Capital Sun after 10 years at the Idaho Statesman. Dutton’s work has earned dozens of state, regional and national awards for investigative reporting, health care and business reporting, radio journalism, data visualization and much more. 

“As States Newsroom grows, our mission to provide high-quality, non-partisan reporting on the crucial issues of our time remains the same” said Chris Fitzsimon, Director and Publisher of States Newsroom. “We look forward to seeing the great reporting that comes out of Idaho and all of the outlets that follow this year.”

By the end of this year, States Newsroom will expand to at least 25 outlets. 

Previously, Fitzsimon founded and led NC Policy Watch, North Carolina’s leading news and commentary outlet, before launching what was to become States Newsroom in 2017.

States Newsroom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is funded exclusively by the generous contributions of readers and philanthropists. States Newsroom is committed to supporting fact-based, non-partisan news to the public at no cost and ad-free. Earlier this year, States Newsroom announced its plans to expand to 25 states by the end of 2021. 

Other States Newsroom affiliates and partners are:

Arizona Mirror – 
Colorado Newsline – 
Florida Phoenix – 
Georgia Recorder –
Iowa Capital Dispatch – 
Kansas Reflector  – 
Louisiana Illuminator –
Maine Beacon – 
Maryland Matters – 
Michigan Advance –
Minnesota Reformer – 
Missouri Independent – 
Daily Montanan – 
Nevada Current – 
NC Policy Watch – 
Ohio Capital Journal – 
Pennsylvania Capital-Star – 
Tennessee Lookout – 
Virginia Mercury – 
Wisconsin Examiner –