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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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.

It's Thursday, January 9th. Today we have stories about lead testing in school, Montana firefighters in Australia and a lawsuit challenging immigration detentions in Lincoln County.

An arial shot of the Australian bushfires.
Luca Parmitano/ESA_events / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)


A handful of Montana wildland firefighters are helping fight the historic bushfires in Australia, which have burned over 12 million acres, destroyed over 2,000 homes and killed at least 24 people. 

It's Wednesday, January 8th. Today we have stories about bull trout, the Spring Creek Mine near Decker and avalanche danger in the backcountry.

It's Tuesday, January 7th. Today we have stories about the race for a seat on Montana's Supreme Court, Glacier County emerency services and the shuttering of two units at the Colstrip power plant.

It's Thursday, January 2nd. Today we have stories about chronic wasting disease, tax evasion by a Billings construction company and the new U.S.-Japan trade deal.

It's Tuesday, December 31st. Today we have stories about brucellosis, Shodair Childrens' hospital's new outpatient mental-health clinic in Missoula and elder payments in the Crow Nation.

It's Monday, December 30th. Today we have stories about the Flathead National Forest, a lawsuit against Northwestern Energy and how people in Whitefish are pushing back against white supremacy.