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Tracy Simmons

Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.

WA’s Groundbreaking LGBTQ+ Survey to Amplify Queer Voices of Faith

Read about an LGBTQ+ survey in Washington state, aiming to gather crucial insights into the queer community's demographics, including faith.

FāVS News to Host “Does Indifference Make a Difference?” Pizza and Panel

FāVS News will host "Does Indifference Make a Difference?," a Pizza and Panel event on June 29 featuring Rev. Paul Graves and Rev. Gen Heywood discussing the impacts of indifference versus engaged concern for community issues. Free pizza, roundtable discussions

Join the Conversation: FāVS Event Tackles Faith & Free Thinking

Join FāVS News for its second Pizza & Panel event on May 18, this time on the Palouse! A Zoom option is available for this living outside the area.

Pecking order: A bantam hen’s lesson in patience

Join the author as she reflects on her bantam chicken, Midge, and the lessons in patience learned from these wise feathered creatures.

GU Students Plan Walkout Today to Demand Solidarity with Palestine

Students, faculty and staff at Gonzaga University are organizing a walkout on today (Wednesday) at noon to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people and advocate for their liberation, according to a press release.

United Methodist Church Makes Historic Moves Toward LGBTQ Inclusion

The United Methodist Church moved a step closer this week toward lifting its decades-old ban on same-sex weddings and LGBTQ clergy through a series of groundbreaking votes at the denomination's General Conference.

Idaho Pastor Addresses Congregation After Colleague’s Apparent Suicide

After the apparent suicide of Pastor Gene Jacobs, Pastor Jim Putman addressed his grieving congregation, urging them not to lose faith despite this tragedy involving their friend and spiritual leader. Putman emphasized that Jacobs' actions, though "wrong and stupid" if true, don't negate the positive impact he had on many lives. The church is now rallying around Jacobs' family and flock.

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