Montana Public Radio

Sally Mauk

Senior News Analyst & News Director Emeritus

Retired in 2014 but still a presence at MTPR, Sally Mauk is a University of Kansas graduate and former wilderness ranger who has reported on everything from the legislature to forest fires. She also taught broadcast writing and reporting in the University of Montana journalism school.

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Gov. Gianforte is one of Montana's new cases of COVID. The marijuana bills are now in the Senate's lap. The House votes to abide by the First Amendment. The Republican PSC opposes a Republican Colstrip bill. And the Republican renaissance in Montana owes a lot to the legacy of former Governor Stan Stephens.

Listen now on Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

NBC Montana anchor/reporter Maritsa Georgiou talks with Gwen and Sally about how she has become a go-to source of information about COVID; about the importance of good news sources, and about the threats highly visible female TV journalists have to deal with.

Listen now on Parsing The Press with Sally Mauk and Gwen Florio.

The "beast bill" heads to the Senate. The attorney general sues over restrictions on the use of federal COVID relief money. Montana could lose millions in federal education money because of a bill banning transgender students from participating in women's sports. A bill to make it easier for Native Americans to vote is killed. And a progressive blogger ends his long run as an influential gadfly.

Listen now on Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Sally Mauk The Great Falls Tribune is the only major daily newspaper in the state with a reporter dedicated to covering Montana's Native American communities. Nora Mabie is the paper's Indigenous communities reporter. And she's our guest today.

Capitol Talk: Beasts, Budgets And Voting Rights

Mar 26, 2021

Gov. Greg Gianforte makes headlines after trapping a Yellowstone wolf — while bills targeting wolves head toward passage. Republican lawmakers want to eliminate same-day voter registration. And the so-called "beast bill" — directing how billions in federal COVID relief money will be spent — crawls forward.

Listen now on Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Holly Michels and Rob Saldin.

The opinion pages of a daily newspaper can spark a lot of community discussion and/or outrage. Missoulian opinion editor Tyler Christensen joins Sally and Gwen to talk about the rewards and challenges of editorials for readers — and for reporters.

Listen now on Parsing the Press, a weekly look at how the news is reported, with Sally Mauk and Gwen Florio.

Capitol Talk: Budget Puzzle, Lawsuits And The Limits Of Public Input

Mar 19, 2021

The many moving parts of the state budget have pushed lawmakers to extend the session — but Montana's Legislature isn't the state's only busy branch.

Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen has filed yet another lawsuit against the Biden Administration. At the same time, prominent Montanans are suing Gov. Greg Gianforte over his effort to directly appoint judges.

And, as a racist social media post by a Republican lawmaker resurfaces, Montanans are learning that overwhelming public opposition to legislation does not guarantee a bill's defeat.

Listen now on Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Holly Michels and Rob Saldin.

Parsing The Press: The Press And The Police

Mar 18, 2021

From racial injustice to the Capitol riots, the past year has highlighted just how often breaking news and law enforcement are intertwined. Sgt. Travis Welsh with the Missoula Police Department joins Gwen and Sally to talk about how law enforcement and the press navigate the inherent pressures that come with covering those types of events.

Listen now on Parsing the Press, a weekly look at how the news is reported, with Sally Mauk and Gwen Florio.

Podcasts — and their listener numbers — have exploded in recent years, and Montana is leading the way with several nationally-recognized podcasts. The host and producer of one of those award-winning podcasts, Nora Saks, joins Gwen and Sally to talk about this popular new form of storytelling.

Listen now on Parsing the Press, a weekly look at how the news is reported, with Sally Mauk and Gwen Florio.

Capitol Talk: Mid-Session Recap

Mar 5, 2021

Right-to-work legislation fails. "Culture war" bills are still alive. And the big budget fights loom as the Legislature marks its midpoint.

Listen now on Capitol Talk with Sally Mauk, Holly Michels and Rob Saldin.

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