Montana Public Radio

Corin Cates-Carney

Capitol Reporter

Corin Cates-Carney is MTPR's news director. He was formerly the Capitol Bureau reporter, and before that, MTPR's Flathead area reporter.

Corin has worked for NPR, and is a UM Journalism School Graduate.

Contact Corin Cates-Carney:
Mobile: 253-495-5193
Office:  406-243-4075

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Attendees at a Missoula, MT vigil Wednesday, May 4, 2021 lit candles to commemorate the victims and survivors of the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

The crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls is being recognized in ceremonies in Montana and around the nation this week. Family members and advocates gathered on the State Capitol steps in Helena Wednesday and outside the Payne Family Native American Center in Missoula. 

Sign reading 'temporarily closed dut to coronavirus pandemic'.

A year ago this week on the second Saturday of March in 2020, then-governor Steve Bullock held a press conference over a scratchy phone line to announce that four people in Montana had tested positive for COVID-19. A lot changed soon after. Days later, schools closed their doors. By the end of the month, Bullock issued a stay-at-home order. National Guard soldier and airmen began screening out-of-state travelers at airports and railroad stations. Unemployment surged. Our lives changed in a big way.

MTPR's Corin Cates-Carney and YPR's Nicky Ouellet look back at where we've been and forward to where we're going.

Montana’s U.S. Senators cast votes along party lines Tuesday, as a divided Senate determined that it is within its constitutional powers to move forward with the impeachment trial of former-President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump speaks in Great Falls, MT, July 5, 2018.
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

President Donald Trump Wednesday followed through on his threat to veto the national defense bill, setting up a possible veto override vote in Congress. 


Trump called on lawmakers to include limits on social media companies he claimed are biased against him and conservatives. He has previously said the biggest winner of the defense bill is China.


A syringe in a container labeled COVID-19 vaccine.

Republican Sen. Steve Daines is encouraging Montanans to get a COVID-19 vaccine when doses become available. This follows federal emergency use authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for persons aged 16 years and older. Ten Montana hospitals received their first shipments of the vaccine this week.

The U.S. The Supreme Court Friday rejected a Texas lawsuit that sought to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Multiple Montana political figures in recent days had taken sides in the case.

Before the decision Friday, Gov. Steve Bullock asked the court to reject the lawsuit. 

Sign reading 'temporarily closed dut to coronavirus pandemic'.

Gov. Steve Bullock and health officials today asked Montanans to stay home as COVID-19 numbers flare across the state. The plea comes as the disease rises to the fourth leading cause of death in Montana and ahead of a holiday season that health experts expect will make matters worse.

The 2020 election is over in Montana. Who won, what do the results say about Montana, and where are we headed?

In this final episode of Shared State, Montana Public Radio News Director Corin Cates-Carney, Yellowstone Public Radio News Director Nicky Oullet, and Montana Free Press Executive Director John Adams break down the results of Tuesday’s election. Listen now on Shared State.

Secretary of State Office at the Montana Capitol.
William Marcus / Montana Public Radio

A website issue at the Secretary of State’s Office led to hundreds of Montana businesses being overcharged for filing required annual reports to the state. Lee Newspapers reporter Holly Michels broke that story. She shares her reporting with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates-Carney.

Troy Downing is the 2020 Republican candidate for state auditor.

Montana Public Radio and Yellowstone Public Radio interviewed Montana's statewide general election candidates.

Troy Downing is the 2020 Republican candidate for State Auditor. He spoke with Montana Public Radio’s Corin Cates-Carney.