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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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Who Is A Journalist, And Who Gets To Decide?

3 minutes ago

These are dangerous times for journalists, now labeled "soft targets" by violent extremists, and the profession is coming up with new ways to protect reporters. More bloggers and websites are trying to pass as legitimate sources of news, but are they? Who is a journalist, and who gets to decide?

Listen now on Parsing the Press as journalists Sally Mauk and Gwen Florio discuss these issues.

Montana's congressman votes as expected against impeachment, and Montana's two senators are having a very public spat. Gov. Gianforte has a rocky rollout of new orders lifting some pandemic restrictions. Attorney General Knudsen gets into a legal fight with a county attorney over local COVID-19 regulations. And university administrators keep a wary eye on a bill headed to the State Senate that would allow guns on campus.

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

Truth, Lies And Social Media

Jan 14, 2021

The debate over social media's influence and responsibilities has intensified in the wake of the assault on the U.S. Capitol. How can journalism compete with the misinformation disseminated on social media?

Journalists Sally Mauk and Gwen Florio, along with special guest New York Times columnist Charlie Warzel discuss this and more in this episode of Parsing the Press.

A Coup Attempt, A Budget Proposal And COVID Confusion

Jan 9, 2021
'Capitol Talk' is MTPR's weekly legislative analysis program.
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Montana lawmakers had very different takes on Wednesday's insurrection and the unfounded claims that fueled it. Gov. Gianforte released his budget proposal. And the Legislature started out with confusing and contradictory COVID-19 protocols.

Listen now on Capitol Talk, with MTPR's Sally Mauk, Lee Newspapers State Bureau Chief Holly Michels and UM Political Science Professor Rob Saldin.

Welcome To 'Parsing The Press'

Jan 8, 2021

Welcome to the first episode of Parsing the Press, a look at current issues and how they're being presented in the Montana press. Veteran journalist and author Gwen Florio joins MTPR's Sally Mauk for the weekly analysis.

Gov. Steve Bullock
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Gov. Steve Bullock will leave office January 4th after serving two terms as governor and one term as state attorney general. Bullock spoke with Sally Mauk about his time in office, what he accomplished, what challenges remain and what comes next.

Campaign Beat: Montana Republicans Swept, Now Can They Deliver?

Nov 6, 2020

The Republican messaging in this election clearly won over voters. The conservative Republican agenda includes tax cuts and  fewer regulations. Now, can Republicans deliver on their prosperity promises?

Listen now on the final 2020 episode of Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Campaign Beat: Record Turnout, Tightening Races And Dirty Tricks

Oct 30, 2020

Voter turnout in Montana could break an all-time record. A new poll shows the governor's race tightening. New ads in that race look to make closing arguments. Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie is the victim of a Cooney campaign dirty trick. Senator Daines brings Cruz, Rubio and Don Jr. into the state for some last minute campaigning. And we may not know who won the top races until the day after election night.

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Campaign Beat: Rich Candidates And Poor Coronavirus Plans

Oct 23, 2020

Greg Gianforte writes himself another big check in the governor race. Neither candidate for that office wants to answer hard questions about dealing with the pandemic. And both our gubernatorial and Senate races are getting plenty of national attention.

Listen now on Campaign Beat with Sally Mauk, Rob Saldin and Holly Michels.

Gwen Florio is the former editor of the Missoulian. Her journalism career spans over 40 years working for large and small newspapers, including covering wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She's also the author of seven novels.
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Missoulian editor Gwen Florio resigned from the paper recently, in the wake of the editorial board's controversial endorsement of PSC candidate Jennifer Fielder — an endorsement the paper retracted the very next day. Florio's journalism career spans over 40 years working for large and small newspapers, including covering wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She's also the author of seven novels. She spoke this week with MTPR's Sally Mauk.

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