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Jake Putnam is a former Emmy-winning journalist who now works in public relations in Boise, Idaho. Putnam was born in Pocatello, Idaho November 22, 1956 and is a graduate of Pocatello High School and Idaho State University. Putnam began his career in 1984 as a photographer for KIFI television in Idaho Falls. In 1985 he worked his way up to general assignment reporter in the Pocatello Bureau.
In 1987 Putnam was hired as general assignment and political reporter for KTVB in Boise. In 1995 Putnam won an Emmy and in his 16 year career won awards from the Associated Press, United Press International, Idaho Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 1997 Putnam was named Moderator of the public affairs program, Viewpoint. Viewpoint finished number in the ratings in all three years under Putnam's reign.
Putnam played Division I college tennis at Idaho State, and worked for tennis legend Frank X. Brennan at his camp in Mercersburg, Pennslyvania.
Putnam now works with the Idaho Farm Bureau as the state Broadcast Services Manager and writes for the Producer and Quarterly magazines.