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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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.
Courtesy Gwen Florio

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.

Campaign Beat: It's Going To Be A Squeaker

Oct 16, 2020

If a new poll is correct, it's going to be a suspenseful election night in Montana. Fundraising in the Senate race is off the charts. The Senate candidates take turns accusing each other of being a party hack. The Missoulian newspaper tries to clean up a mess over a controversial endorsement. A new ad in the House race features a talking elk. And candidates in the the state auditor's race try to gain some voter attention

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

Campaign Beat: Abortion, Harassment And Big Money

Oct 9, 2020

The new governor will either uphold Montanans' access to legal abortion or restrict that access. New TV ads in the Senate race question, and defend Gov. Bullock's treatment of women. New polls in that race show contradictory results. And the two candidates for Secretary of State differ on whether Montanans should vote by mail.

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

Campaign Beat: Mail Voting, Debates And Republicans For Biden

Oct 2, 2020

The Trump campaign attempt to derail all-mail voting in Montana is shut down in court. Montana's U.S. Senate candidate hold a spirited but civil debate. President Trump's widely denounced debate behavior — and his COVID diagnosis — may throw a wrench into down ballot races. AARP wishes candidates would stop using them in their campaign ads. House candidate Kathleen Williams tries to be coy about her pick for president. And former governor and lifelong Republican, Marc Racicot, says Biden is the right pick for president.

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

Democrats charge Republicans with shenanigans over the meeting of a legislative rules committee,  Montana Republican candidates get a boost from Vice-President Pence and new ads in the U.S. Senate race feature veterans.

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

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