Decades of professional and academic journalistic experience assist in presenting Montana Public Media content. The newsroom staffs from Montana Public Radio, Yellowstone Public Radio, the documentary producers of MontanaPBS as well as student reporters from The University of Montana School of Journalism contribute reporting to the project.
Montana Public Media Contributors
Jonathon Ambarian, from Frazier Park, Calif., covered the recent state legislative elections for Montana Public Media. He has been involved with radio and television productions at the School of Journalism and most recently, contributed to the school’s weekly television newscast, UM News. He has also worked as a videographer for the university’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Dan Boyce provides radio and online reports daily from the Montana Legislature. A native Montanan, Dan was raised in Lewistown and graduated from the University of Montana with a broadcast journalism degree in December, 2008. He took the position of MTPR Capitol Bureau Chief after more than two years working as a reporter with KBZK-TV in Bozeman. Dan has won local, regional, and national awards for both his radio and television reporting. His work has appeared nationally on the NPR programs All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition as well as on CNN and The CBS Evening News. Dan has also taken part in journalism fellowships in both Germany and Pakistan.
Sally Mauk is News Director at Montana Public Radio, and a faculty adjunct in the University of Montana School of Journalism. Her legislative analysis program “Capitol Talk” runs weekly on Fridays throughout the session.
Amy Sisk, a junior majoring in journalism at the University of Montana, is covering the 2013 Legislature for scores of newspapers across the state through the School of Journalism’s Community News Service. Her coverage is made possible through the Montana Newspaper Association, which helps fund her work. Sisk, originally from Seattle, Wash., has covered a wide range of topics across the state for both Montana Journalism Review and the Montana Kaimin. She has also completed reporting internships for the Missoulian and the Redmond Reporter in Redmond, Wash. Most recently, Sisk worked for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.
Keele Smith is one of two broadcast reporters from the University of Montana School of Journalism who is providing daily reports from the 2013 Montana Legislature to nearly 50 broadcasters across the state – coverage made possible by grants from the Greater Montana Foundation and the Montana Broadcasters Association. Smith, who hails from Roanoke, Va., was nominated in 2012 for the D.J. Schults Journalism Scholarship for outstanding performance and academic excellence in Radio-Television and has produced and anchored weekly newscasts for UM News. She also spent 18 months working at KPAX-TV, the CBS affiliate in Missoula, as a camera operator and reporter.
Jackie Yamanaka is the News Director for Yellowstone Public Radio. In addition to daily reporting from the capitol, Jackie hosts and produces “Capitol Connections”, a weekly public affairs program dealing with key legislation and current issues before the Montana Legislature.