Jess Sheldahl

Morning Edition Host

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.

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It's Friday, January 17th. Today we have stories about warming centers for people experiencing homelessness, events in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and an update on the glaciers of Glacier National Park.

A yellow school bus.
Shinichi Sugiyama / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


The largest school district in Montana plans to cut up to 40 full time employees to make up for a more than $4 million budget deficit.

It's Thursday, January 16th. Today we have stories about the search for a missing girl from south-central Montana, the U.S.-China trade agreement and what it would take to restore a historic creek in Butte.

It's Wednesday, January 15th. Today we have stories about the debate on annual legislative sessions, a fatal plane crash north of Billings and why a Montana timber company is closing one of its sawmills.


Authorities have identified the bodies of four people who died in a small plane crash north of Billings over weekend.

It's Tuesday, January 14th. Today we have stories about Chronic Wasting Disease in Libby, the environmental cleanup of developed mining sites and the audit dispute at the capitol on the start of Legislative Week.

It's Monday, January 13th. Today we have stories about the new supervisor for Flathead National Forest, Montanans reaction to the Trump administration's move to assassinate an Iranian military general and the results of a lawsuit against the University of Wyoming.

A stone wall with an inscription reading "University of Wyoming"
Wyoming_Jackrabbit / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)


A court in Wyoming sided with a group of newspapers last week, affirming the public’s right to know over individual privacy. The ruling will make records involving the dismissal of former University of Wyoming President Laurie Nichols public, unless UW appeals the decision.

A map of the United States showing where the U.S. Forest Service has purchased land with LWCF funds.
Government Accountability Office


A report released last month from the U.S. Government Accountability Office found a majority of land purchased by the U.S. Forest Service using Land and Water Conservation funds was in the west, which goes against LWCF guidelines.

It's Friday, January 10th. Today we have stories about bison restoration, trespassing on the cone of Old Faithful Geyser and what's delaying an $80 million infrastructure package.

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