Debra Leithauser Hired to Lead Idaho Power Communications Team

The former Idaho Statesman president and McClatchy Company regional publisher is set to become Idaho Power’s Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing on Dec. 29.

BOISE, Idaho, Nov. 7, 2017 — Idaho Power has hired Debra Leithauser as Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing.

“We are excited to have Debra join the Idaho Power team,” said Darrel Anderson, President and CEO of IDACORP and Idaho Power. “She is a proven and transformative leader, active in community affairs, and dedicated to the quality of life in our great state.”

Leithauser joins Idaho Power following a successful career in the news industry, most recently serving as regional publisher for the McClatchy Company and president of the Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise. Throughout her career, Leithauser has led news organizations across the United States from both the business and editorial perspectives.

“Like McClatchy, Idaho Power is a company I respect and admire,” Leithauser said. “I’m excited for this wonderful opportunity to learn so much from another strong team, while continuing to make a meaningful impact in our community.”

Leithauser officially joins Idaho Power on Dec. 29. She replaces Bill Shawver, who retired from the company in October and co-founded a public relations firm, Atlas Communications. In her new role, Leithauser will be responsible for leading the regional utility’s communications, advertising, branding and marketing efforts.

About Idaho Power:

Idaho Power, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, and locally operated since 1916, is an electric utility that employs more than 2,000 people who serve approximately 535,000 customers throughout a 24,000-square-mile area in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon. With 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects as the core of its diverse generation portfolio, Idaho Power’s residential, business and agricultural customers pay among the nation’s lowest rates for electricity. IDACORP Inc. (NYSE: IDA), Idaho Power’s independent publicly traded parent company, is also headquartered in Boise, Idaho. To learn more, visit or


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