Montana Public Radio

Jess Sheldahl

Jess Sheldahl is a reporter and host for Morning Edition at Yellowstone Public Radio. She fell in love with public radio after becoming a DJ at the University of Montana’s college station KBGA. Since then, she’s worked at MTPR and graduated with a BA in Journalism from the University of Montana. Born and raised in Montana, Jess understands the importance of reporting on local news and issues that matter to the people who live here. She also enjoys a cold beer and a good book under the Big Sky.


Hospitals in Montana have started performing elective procedures that had been postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Hospitals are reopening in phases with additional screenings in place.


Public health officials say personal protective equipment like face coverings and masks are going to play an important role in slowing the spread of the coronavirus as Montana makes its first steps toward reopening.

Homemade masks made by volunteers and businesses across the state have lessened the strain on supply chains for the N95 respirator masks health care workers need.

This week we are airing conversations with some of the candidates running for Montana governor as the June 2 primary approaches.

Republican Greg Gianforte has been Montana’s U.S. Representative since 2017. He spoke with YPR New’s Jess Sheldahl this week about why he came to Montana, his business experience, and the Affordable Care Act.

 

This week we are airing conversations with some of the candidates running for Montana governor as the June 2 primary approaches.

Lt. Governor Mike Cooney, a Democrat, has been an elected official in one capacity or another in Montana since the '70s. He spoke with YPR New's Jess Sheldahl this week about his experience in state government, healthcare and his campaign.

This week we are airing conversations with some of the candidates running for Montana governor as the Jun. 2 primary approaches.

Missoula based businesswoman Whitney Williams grew up in Montana and returned to the state with her company williamsworks three years ago. She spoke with YPR New’s Jess Sheldahl earlier in the month about what brought her back to Montana, medicaid expansion, and campaign fundraising.

 

This week we are airing conversations with some of the candidates running for Montana governor as the June 2 primary approaches.

Republican Dr. Al Olszewski, an orthopedic surgeon from the Flathead Valley has served three terms in the state legislature. YPR News' Jess Sheldal spoke with Olszewski February 22— before the coronavirus pandemic hit Montana — about health care, the Second Amendment and his campaign.


As the June 2 primary approaches we are airing conversations with some of the candidates running for governor in Montana. 

Republican Tim Fox was born in Hardin and has been Montana’s Attorney General for the past eight years. He spoke with YPR New’s Jess Sheldahl in early March, before the coronavirus pandemic hit Montana, about his time as attorney general, his public safety plan and his campaign.


Montanans are helping solve the problem of critical shortages of medical masks as coronavirus continues to spread. Sewing machines and 3D printers and lots of volunteers are making reusable masks to protect healthcare workers from the novel coronavirus.

 

With erratic temperatures and snow, this year winter was weird in Montana. One unique sport that brings together horseback riding and skiing faced significant challenges because of the quickly changing weather.

 

Billings City Council won’t be considering a Welcoming Diversity Ordinance LBGTQ community members have pushed for. A 7 to 4 vote on Feb. 24 means the ordinance will not be on the agenda in August.

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