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the advisory council

The Voces Internship of Idaho advisory council is made up of current and former Idaho journalists and community members. Want to help us recruit, read applications and mentor students? Reach out!

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Nicole Foy

California Divide Reporter, CalMatters and Founder of Voces Internship of Idaho

Nicole Foy is a reporter at CalMatters and a former investigative reporter at the Idaho Statesman. She spent four years reporting on Latinos in Idaho and co-created The Latino Card, the first podcast on Latino issues in Idaho. She grew up in California's Central Valley and graduated from Biola University.

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Ximena Bustillo

Politics Reporter, NPR and Founder of Voces Internship of Idaho

Ximena is a politics and policy reporter based in Washington, D.C. and a former breaking news reporter from the Idaho Statesman and production specialist at KIVI Idaho News 6. A 2020 graduate from Boise State University, and long-time Idahoan, Ximena got her start in journalism at The Arbiter.


Melissa Davlin

Idaho Press Club President and Idaho Public Television host

Melissa Davlin is vice president of the Idaho Press Club and lead producer and host of Idaho Reports on Idaho Public Television. She serves as the Idaho Press Club liaison for the Voces Internship program.


Mia Maldonado

Reporter, Idaho Capital Sun - Alumni Representative

Mia was the Voces Internship of Idaho's first full-time working intern. She is from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and graduated from the College of Idaho in May 2022 with degrees in Spanish and International Political Economy. During the summer after graduation, Mia interned at the Idaho Capital Sun covering housing and Latino affairs through Voces. Her internship helped her land a job at the Idaho Statesman as a breaking news reporter. In March, Mia returned to the Idaho Capital Sun to cover statewide politics.

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Rachel Spacek

Reporter, Idaho Statesman

Rachel Spacek is a government and Latino Affairs reporter at the Idaho Statesman. She is passionate about holding local governments accountable to Idahoans.

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Brenda Rodriguez

Reporter, KTVB

Brenda Rodriguez is a Bilingual News Reporter and Weekend Anchor/Producer at KTVB Channel 7 in Boise. She is from Rupert Idaho and graduated from the University of Idaho with a B.A. degree in Broadcasting, Digital Media, and Spanish. Before making it back to the Gem State, she interned at Latino USA in New York City and kicked off her career in television in Eureka, California.

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Gustavo Sagrero

Race and Identity Reporter, KUOW - Seattle NPR

Gustavo Sagrero has spent his early years as part of many community projects, before leaving his hometown to work in fine dining abroad. An avid collector of takeout menus and restaurant shirts, you'll likely find him searching for the perfect bowl of menudo-or in the middle of a street with a phone camera in hand. If you see him, be kind enough to warn him if there's a car coming his way.

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Rebecca Deleón

Co-Host of The Latino Card

Rebecca De León got her bachelor's degree in journalism from Boise State University, where she was editor-in-chief of The Arbiter her senior year. She worked in journalism around Idaho before transitioning to nonprofit advocacy work, but still co-hosts the news commentary radio show The Latino Card on Radio Boise.


Matt “Mateo” Walling

Program Director, 103.5 KISS FM

Born and raised in Nampa, Idaho, Mateo is the Program Director of 103.5 KISS FM. After studying Public Relations at Gonzaga University, he knew that his passion was working in radio because of the intimate relationship it holds with those in our community. Being able to be on the air and involved in his hometown is a dream come true.


Yanira Corvera

Radio Boise Host

Yanira Corvera's passion for radio began at the age of 16 in Tlaltenango, Mexico. She is currently the host of Expression Latina, a show on Radio Boise.


JJ Saldaña

Idaho Commission on Hispanic Affairs

J.J. Saldaña oversees all communications and public relations, including the agency’s educational programs, and serves as the lead for Idaho’s Hispanic Heritage Month. Through his work, Saldaña engages directly with Hispanic communities across the state -- from organizing town hall meetings and guiding youth programs to hosting The Latino Card on Radio Boise.

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