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.


A recent news article found that parts of Montana with more people who were not born in the state have higher job growth. Eric Dietrich wrote the story for Montana Free Press as one of the state’s only data reporters. He spoke with YPR News' Jess Sheldahl about how he takes data and turns it into stories for the Long Streets Project.


A fire near Molt grew to almost 3,000 acres Thursday morning but fire officials had optimistic news for residents by late afternoon.


Candidates for statewide offices in Montana are gearing up for next year’s primaries. Democratic Montana Senator Bryce Bennett announced his campaign for Secretary of State in May. He spoke with YPR News’ Jess Sheldahl about advocating for voting access, election security and how he’d work across the aisle if elected.


Candidates for statewide offices in Montana are gearing up for next year’s primaries. Republican State Senator Scott Sales announced in March he’s running for Secretary of State. He recently spoke with YPR News’ Jess Sheldahl about election security and his plans to develop communication with the County Clerks and Recorders.

Correction: An earlier verison of this story inncorrectly said the principle of Big Sky Cheese, Edward Friesen, is Hutterite. Friesen is not Hutterite. 

A proposed cheese factory in Great Falls is stirring controversy in the community over fear of larger industrial agriculture development, including a slaughterhouse. Jenn Rowell with the independent online news outlet “The Electric” has been covering recent heated zoning board meetings about Big Sky Cheese and its parent company, the Madison Food Park. She spoke with YPR News' Jess Sheldahl.

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