Chris Maccini

Production Director & Morning Edition Host

Chris grew up in Spokane and has many fond childhood memories of being subjected to the voices of SPR while in the backseat of his parents' car.  After graduating from Colgate University with a degree in Economics, he spent six years living in Seattle working for non-profit organizations and sailing around the Puget Sound with his wife, Tracie, and their boat-dog, Mollusk. He returned to Spokane to attend graduate school at Eastern Washington University where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing.  

Chris hosts Morning Edition and produces arts and special programming such as The Bookshelf, Poetry Moment, Northwest Arts Review, special features and more.

Ways to Connect

Steve Almond is the author of nine books of fiction and non-fiction including the New York Times best-sellers, Candyfreak and Against Football. He was also the host of the popular podcast Dear Sugars with  fellow author Cheryl Strayed.

Almond's latest book, Bad Stories: What the Hell just Happened to Our Country is an earnest and clear-headed attempt to make sense of the various cultural forces that led to the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States. In it, Almond guides readers through an often difficult look at many of the assumptions that underpin our understanding of our country and society.

Steve Almond was in Spokane on October 6th as part of Eastern Washington University's Visiting Writers Series, and he took the time to speak with Spokane Public Radio's Chris Maccini.

Willow Springs Books is publishing an anthology of community poetry called Hair of the Dog, inspired by the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Dog. 

Willow Springs Books is a small press associated with Eastern Washington University. Associate Director Lauren Hohle and Graduate Student Daniel Spiro stopped by the SPR studio for a conversation with Chris Maccini.

Behind the Scenes of the 2018 Fall Pledge Drive

Oct 4, 2018

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The fall 2018 pledge drive is under way! Here's a peek behind the scenes from the studios of Spokane Public Radio. If you haven't already, take a moment to make a pledge after you check out these photo collages.  Thank you for your support!

Members of the artist collective "Emerge CDA" in Coeur d'Alene spoke visited the SPR studio to speak with Chris Maccini.

Emerge CDA is a collective art experience engaging all members of the community in a variety of high quality creative outlets, while offering a platform for emerging artists to cultivate their careers as professionals.

We spoke with founder and Executive Director Jeni Hegsted along with artists Reinaldo Gil Zambrano and Alexandra Iosub.

Elliot Reed's debut novel, A Key to Treehouse Living, is the adventure of William Tyce, a boy without parents, who grows uo near a rive in the rural Midwest. The novel takes the form of a glossary-style list with entries ranging from ARCHEOLOGY and MULLET to MORTAL BETRAYAL and REVELATION. 

Elliot Reed will be reading from the novel at Auntie's Bookstore on Thursday, October 4th at 7 p.m.

Miller Cane is the story of a fraudulent historian who makes his living conning the victims of mass shootings. He returns home to save the young daughter of the woman he loves, taking her with him on his roadshow across the worn-out heart of America, staying one step ahead of what’s after them. The story is by turns hilarious, unsettling, bizarre, and fearless. Buckle up and come along for the ride!

On September 20th, the Inlander hosted a live reading of Miller Cane: A True & Exact History at the Washington Cracker Company building in Spokane. Author Sam Ligon read from the novel along with other local writers: Tony Flinn, Laura Read, Shawn Vestal, Leyna Krow, Chelsea Martin, and Kate Lebo.

Newsletter for October-December, 2018:

  • 2018 Election Coverage
  • Fall Folk Festival Broadcast Nov. 10th
  • Events Listing & Membership Information

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Spokane is reading is a region-wide initiative of the Spokane Public Library, Spokane County Library, and Auntie's Bookstore. 

Author Amy Stewart will be in town for two events Thursday, September 27 1 pm at the Spokane Valley Event Center and 7 pm at the Spokane Public Library, Downtown.

Melissa Huggins is the executive director of Spokane Arts, and her stories and essays have appeared in The Oyez ReviewLilac City Fairy TalesRailtown AlmanacThe Pacific Northwest Inlander, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University and is working on a collection of essays. She serves on the boards of Scablands Books and Pivot, a live storytelling series.


Melissa Huggins is the executive director of Spokane Arts, and her stories and essays have appeared in The Oyez ReviewLilac City Fairy TalesRailtown AlmanacThe Pacific Northwest Inlander, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University and is working on a collection of essays. She serves on the boards of Scablands Books and Pivot, a live storytelling series.

Melissa Huggins is the executive director of Spokane Arts, and her stories and essays have appeared in The Oyez ReviewLilac City Fairy TalesRailtown AlmanacThe Pacific Northwest Inlander, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University and is working on a collection of essays. She serves on the boards of Scablands Books and Pivot, a live storytelling series.

Melissa Huggins is the executive director of Spokane Arts, and her stories and essays have appeared in The Oyez ReviewLilac City Fairy TalesRailtown AlmanacThe Pacific Northwest Inlander, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University and is working on a collection of essays. She serves on the boards of Scablands Books and Pivot, a live storytelling series.

Melissa Huggins is the executive director of Spokane Arts, and her stories and essays have appeared in The Oyez Review, Lilac City Fairy Tales, Railtown Almanac, The Pacific Northwest Inlander, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University and is working on a collection of essays. She serves on the boards of Scablands Books and Pivot, a live storytelling series.

Letterpress printmaker and artist Bethany Taylor joined SPR's Chris Maccini for a conversation on her process and running an arts-centered business.

Author Timothy Egan will be in Spokane Thursday, September 13th for a special program at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (NWMAC) in Spokane. The NWMAC currently has an exhibit of the photographs of Edward S. Curtis, the subject of Egan's 2011 book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis.

Egan spokne with SPR's Verne Windham about the book, Edward Curtis, and Egan's visit to Spoakne.

One year after her successful 1915 trip across Glacier National Park with Howard Eaton, chronicled in Through Glacier Park, mystery novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart was back in the saddle, heading into the rugged Western portion of the park with her family and ready for more adventure.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap reads this story of camping in the wild places of the early 20th century American West.

One year after her successful 1915 trip across Glacier National Park with Howard Eaton, chronicled in Through Glacier Park, mystery novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart was back in the saddle, heading into the rugged Western portion of the park with her family and ready for more adventure.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap reads this story of camping in the wild places of the early 20th century American West.

One year after her successful 1915 trip across Glacier National Park with Howard Eaton, chronicled in Through Glacier Park, mystery novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart was back in the saddle, heading into the rugged Western portion of the park with her family and ready for more adventure.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap reads this story of camping in the wild places of the early 20th century American West.

One year after her successful 1915 trip across Glacier National Park with Howard Eaton, chronicled in Through Glacier Park, mystery novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart was back in the saddle, heading into the rugged Western portion of the park with her family and ready for more adventure.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap reads this story of camping in the wild places of the early 20th century American West.

One year after her successful 1915 trip across Glacier National Park with Howard Eaton, chronicled in Through Glacier Park, mystery novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart was back in the saddle, heading into the rugged Western portion of the park with her family and ready for more adventure.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap reads this story of camping in the wild places of the early 20th century American West.

One year after her successful 1915 trip across Glacier National Park with Howard Eaton, chronicled in Through Glacier Park, mystery novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart was back in the saddle, heading into the rugged Western portion of the park with her family and ready for more adventure.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap reads this story of camping in the wild places of the early 20th century American West.

One year after her successful 1915 trip across Glacier National Park with Howard Eaton, chronicled in Through Glacier Park, mystery novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart was back in the saddle, heading into the rugged Western portion of the park with her family and ready for more adventure.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap reads this story of camping in the wild places of the early 20th century American West.

One year after her successful 1915 trip across Glacier National Park with Howard Eaton, chronicled in Through Glacier Park, mystery novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart was back in the saddle, heading into the rugged Western portion of the park with her family and ready for more adventure.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap reads this story of camping in the wild places of the early 20th century American West.

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