Gallatin Public Affairs welcomes to its team communications professional and former television news reporter Ysabel Bilbao. Ysabel joins Gallatin with more than a decade of broadcast journalism and communications experience, and will expand the firm’s regional crisis and strategic communications practices.
“Ysabel is a proven communicator whose experience in the news room and at the University of Idaho will be an advantage to our clients,” said Gallatin president Dan Lavey. “No stranger to communicating on complex political, business and social issues, Ysabel will grow our roster of experienced strategic advisors.”
Before joining Gallatin, Ysabel was the regional integrated communications officer for the University of Idaho, where she helped shape and communicate the university’s brand, set legislative agendas and navigate crises.
Ysabel is an award winning journalist who has spent her career covering the news from around the state of Idaho. Before entering the world of public relations, she worked at KTVB-Channel 7 where she anchored the Saturday Morning News and reported on crime, courts, and the legislature. Prior to joining the KTVB team, Bilbao worked as a general assignment reporter for KIFI-Channel 8 in Idaho Falls.
“It’s an honor to join the ranks of Gallatin, and to have the opportunity to work alongside reputable, senior-level public affairs practitioners on issues that are shaping our region,” said Ysabel.
In 2012 Ysabel was named one the Idaho Business Review’s Accomplished Under 40.
Ysabel is a native of Nampa, Idaho and earned a B.A. in broadcast journalism from Arizona State University, through the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunications. She also studied Spanish at the Universidad del Pais Vasco in Bilbao, Spain.