Biography: Steve Smith

Steven A. Smith is editor of The Spokesman-Review, a privately held newspaper in Spokane, Wash., with a daily circulation of 107,000 and a Sunday circulation of 133,000. As editor, Smith supervises all news and editorial operations and a staff of 130 that produces three daily editions. He was named editor in July 2002.

Prior to joining The Spokesman-Review, Smith was editor for two years of the Statesman Journal, a Gannett newspaper in Salem, Ore. Previously, he was editor and vice president of The Gazette, a Freedom Communications Inc. newspaper in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was named editor in October 1995 and vice president in 1997.

Before joining The Gazette, Smith served two years as assistant to the vice presidents/news for Knight-Ridder Inc. in Miami. He worked with Knight-Ridder’s 30 newspapers, developing training programs, producing critiques and assisting with strategic planning. He specialized in issues involving newsroom change and civic journalism.

Previously, he was managing editor at The Wichita Eagle and held a variety of positions at the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Both are Knight-Ridder newspapers. He also worked at the Star-Tribune in Minneapolis and the Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore.

Smith was chairman of the American Society of Newspaper Editors “Change” committee in 1997-98 and was a member of ASNE’s Credibility Think Tank. He is active in the Society of Professional Journalists. He has been a frequent lecturer on civic journalism and newsroom change for the Pew Center on Civic Journalism, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies and the American Press Institute, and has lectured on newsroom training issues for the Freedom Forum. He serves on the advisory board for the Pew Center on the States and is a member of the University of Oregon Journalism Advancement Council.

He is a graduate of the Northwestern University Newspaper Management Center Advanced Executive Program.

He holds a master’s degree in communication from Ohio State University, where he was a Kiplinger fellow, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, where he serves on the Journalism Advancement Council of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

He is a Portland, Ore., native.

Smith is married to Alexa Conway Smith, an independent computer consultant, and has two children by a previous marriage: Sam, who is 17 years old, and Alissa, who is 13.

Biography: Gary Graham

Gary Graham is managing editor of The Spokesman-Review. He recently moved to Spokane from Binghamton, N.Y., where he had been managing editor of the Press & Sun-Bulletin in for six years. Prior to that he held various editing positions at the Wichita Eagle during a 13-year period in Kansas.

When he was an assistant managing editor for news at the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize in 1983 for its coverage of local floods. He was a Washington correspondent for States News Service for two years.

Graham was the first editor-in-residence at the Media Management Center at Northwestern University, where he co-authored a booklet on newsroom teams in 1997.

Graham grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He graduated from Ball State University in 1972. He is married and has one son.

Biography: Ken Sands

Ken Sands is online publisher for The Spokesman-Review. He has been a reporter and editor at The Spokesman-Review since 1981.

He was the first elected online representative to the Associated Press Managing Editors Board of Directors and is an active member of the Online News Association. He also directs the Reader Interactive Program for the APME National Credibility Roundtables project, which trains news editors around the country on how to better interact with readers.

Ken was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and grew up in Portland, Ore. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism.

He and his wife have two children.

Biography: Doug Floyd

Doug Floyd is editorial page editor for The Spokesman-Review. He has been a reporter and editor for the S-R and its former sister publication, the Spokane Daily Chronicle, since 1969.

Floyd is a native of Klamath Falls, Ore., and a 1966 graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism. After receiving his degree, he served three years in the U.S. Army before beginning his newspaper career in Spokane.

He covered medicine, courts, county and state government and politics for the afternoon Chronicle, plus stints as assistant regional editor and editorial page editor. At the Spokesman-Review, he has been editorial page editor, interactive editor and ombudsman. He is a member of the National Conference of Editorial Writers and serves on the organization's ethics committee.

Biography: Carla Savalli

Carla T. Savalli is city editor of The Spokesman-Review. As city editor, she supervises 39 reporters and editors who cover local news issues in the region. She was named city editor in mid-December 2003.

Prior to joining the city desk, Savalli was The Spokesman-Review's business editor. In that role, she led a staff of five editors and reporters. Among the changes in business coverage under her three-year tenure was expansion of the local business report, the addition of a regular business columnist, and the debut of a yearly economic forecast tab.

Savalli joined The Spokesman-Review in 1992 as a copy editor and then became the night assistant city editor in 1997 before joining the business staff.
Savalli previously worked as a news editor at the Las Vegas Sun in Las Vegas and at the Daily News in Moscow, Idaho, and Pullman, Wash. She began her journalism career as a reporter at The Tacoma News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash.

She graduated from PLU in 1986 with a degree in communications arts.
She has attended numerous professional seminars and lectured throughout the region on journalism issues.

Savalli still has family in Spokane and a partner of seven years at home.

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