Meet the Staff

Published online: Jan 01, 2021 Articles, Lifestyle
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We know your faces, but do you know ours? Over the last 20 years, we have gotten to know you, our readers, on a personal level. We thought it was only fair we shared a little bit about ourselves, so that next time you spot us in the grocery store check-out line you will know exactly how to strike up a conversation. 

Jason Harris, Publisher

Jason Harris, son of founder of Harris Publishing Darryl Harris, is a lifelong resident of Idaho Falls. Jason married his high school sweetheart, Michelle Clements, after serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Curitiba, Brazil. Jason is the father of four daughters and considers himself the luckiest guy in the world. A graduate of both Ricks College and Idaho State University, Jason brings with him a degree in journalism and his experience growing up in the publishing industry.

When the sun is out, you can catch Jason on the golf course or riding a Spyder or Razor with his wife. Jason is an avid Utah Jazz fan and will never turn down Mountain Dew or cold cereal. Some of his favorite things include date nights with his wife, phone calls from his kids, sports on television and a good drama or documentary on Netflix. Most importantly, Jason loves his job and being a part of the Idaho Falls community.

Chris Sheetz, General Manager

Twenty years in media and still going strong, Chris has dedicated 9 years of that time to Idaho Falls Magazine. Chris was born and raised in Pittsburgh, making her a die-hard Steelers fan. Also a woman of many talents; on top of her involvement with media advertising, she is both a former RN and a gemologist for Samuels Jewelers. She has also enjoyed being involved in the community. She has roles in the following local organizations: Kiwanis, Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, Museum of Idaho and the Idaho Falls Auditorium District. She's also a member of the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce and Blackfoot Chamber of Commerce.

Chris and her husband are the parents of three girls and are the proud grandparents of two boys with one on the way. In her off time, the Spud Day Queen likes to bike, camp, walk, kayak and travel. When she can’t get outside you can find her watching a good documentary or enjoying a Harlequin romance novel. 

Kevin Malcom, Account Executive

Born in Idaho Falls, Kevin is a graduate of Shelley High School and earned his BS degree from Idaho State University. Now a proud resident of Shelley, Kevin and his wife are the proud parents of two boys—Kedrick and Conner­—both of whom were born on the same day, but a year apart. Kevin has worked as a butcher, welder, loss prevention for a department store, toy seller for panicked parents during Christmas, jewelry seller to twitterpated lovestruck people, and now an account executive for Harris Publishing.

In the community, Kevin is known for his camping, dutch oven cooking and wood carving skills. If you have the privilege to camp with him, then his "Not your Mamma's Meatloaf" cooked in a dutch oven is a must. Kevin has received honors for his participation in local scouting programs, including the District Scoutmaster of the Year and the District Gold Standard in Scouting award.

Dallas McCary, Creative Director

In 2018, Dallas made the move from Columbus, Ohio to Idaho Falls with her wife, Kelly, and fur kids, Beau and Georgia. Before her career at Harris Publishing, Dallas earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Columbus College of Art & Design. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Idaho Falls Pride.

Hockey is one of Dallas’s passions. She played competitively through high school and continues to play as a member of the Idaho Falls Adult Hockey League. When she isn’t on the ice or behind the computer designing, Dallas enjoys hiking, camping and snowboarding—especially when she brings her camera along. A fun fact many might not know about Dallas is that she is an ordained minister; she has married three couples, including her mom and stepdad. Her family got a little bigger this year with the addition of a puppy named Blu.

Emily FitzPatrick, Editor

Born and raised in Florida, Emily made the trek to Idaho while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University-Idaho. She loved the picturesque summers so much that she decided to call Idaho home and started her career at Harris Publishing. As a reader, editor and writer, Emily is grateful to have a job that not only fits within her trade, but allows her to do what she loves most—tell stories.

If you know Emily, then you know how much she loves her miniature dachshund Atlas. It is her not-so-secret goal to make him a local celebrity by sprinkling him into the magazine wherever possible. On her off time she can be found writing fiction, playing board games with friends, crying over the death of fictional characters, watching the latest season of This Is Us and teaching herself to cook that thing she looked up on Pinterest last night. 

Steve Smede, Editorial Consultant

Growing up in Eagle, Steve was known to frequently escape to the golf course that bordered his street. His golfing talents landed him a spot on the University of Idaho Vandal golf team. After graduation from UI, Steve worked as an agriculture Staff Reporter for the Post Register. On April Fools Day of 1997, Steve left the newspaper world to tackle magazines as Editor of Houseboat Magazine at Harris Publishing. In 2001, Steve helped launch Idaho Falls Magazine, serving as Editor through 2019. 

Steve’s career in video production began in 2009 with travel-video assignments for his father, who had long retired from his 30-year career in broadcast journalism. Steve went on to form LLC, Smede Lightworks. In 2015, Steve shot and co-produced Eastern Idaho: Working for Tomorrow with Gallatin Public Affairs for the Idaho National Laboratory. The project netted a communications Bronze Award from the International Economic Development Council. 

Click here to read more from the January issue of Idaho Falls Magazine.


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