The University of Idaho has hired Gemma Gaudette as its new regional integrated communications officer for the Boise area.
Gaudette fills the position left open by Ysabel Bilbao, who accepted a position with Gallatin Public Affairs in November. Gaudette begins her job at U of I Feb. 5.
“As cheesy as this might sound, I’m actually really looking forward to being a part of an educational institution,” Gaudette said. She said her parents placed a strong emphasis on education, telling their children, “Your education is the one thing that can never be taken away from you.” Because of that upbringing, Gaudette said, she is excited to be part of an institution that advances education in Idaho.
Gaudette most recently worked as a television news anchor for KIVI-TV in Boise. She began her work in television in Roseburg, Ore. She held television positions in Idaho Falls; Lincoln, Neb.; Boise; and Tampa, Fla., before returning to Boise in 2006.
“Got married to an Idaho guy, had some babies,” Gaudette said.
In 2008, Gaudette said, she took a break from television to form her own company, Gemma Gaudette Media. From 2008 to 2011 she focused on the company, working as a freelance writer and a video media spokeswoman. She returned to television news at KIVI in 2011.
In her new position with U of I, Gaudette will be responsible for media relations throughout southern and eastern Idaho, including Boise, the Magic Valley, Pocatello and Idaho Falls. In addition to pitching stories, and spreading U of I’s message in the southern part of the state, Gaudette said part of her job will be making U of I experts available to the media.