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 graph comparing native-born Montana residents to job growth
Eric Dietrich / Montana Free Press

A recent news article found that parts of Montana with more people who were not born in the state have higher job growth. Eric Dietrich wrote the story for Montana Free Press as one of the state’s only data reporters. He spoke with YPR News' Jess Sheldahl about how he takes data and turns it into stories for the Long Streets Project.

Slashed pride parade banner hangs in tatters off a fence
406 Pride / Facebook

Three LGBT Pride banners were stolen and destroyed over the weekend. Despite the act of intolerance, 406 Pride, organizer of Billings Pride, is resolved to celebrate.

It's Wednesday, September 4th. Today we have stories about a new business coming to Kalispell that intends to hire up to 100 people, wage growth and an interview with Eric Dietrich of Montana Free Press about the correlation between job growth and if people were born in the state.

It's Tuesday, Spetember 3rd. Today we have stories about the Yankee Doodle Trailings site in Butte, fire updates and the Boy Scouts of America.

Headshot of Montana Senator Bryce Bennett

Candidates for statewide offices in Montana are gearing up for next year’s primaries. Democratic Montana Senator Bryce Bennett announced his campaign for Secretary of State in May. He spoke with YPR News’ Jess Sheldahl about advocating for voting access, election security and how he’d work across the aisle if elected.

Firefighters in yellow stand by the side of the Mountain View Fire near Molt, Montana
Kayla Tillman / via Facebook

A fire near Molt grew to almost 3,000 acres Thursday morning but fire officials had optimistic news for residents by late afternoon.

It's Friday, August 30th. Today we're doubling down on stories with reports about two different diseases, two different fires and two different democrats. We wrap up this week of reporting with an update on the missing and murder indigenous people conference.

Scott Sales
Corin Cates-Carney / Montana Public Radio

Candidates for statewide offices in Montana are gearing up for next year’s primaries. Republican State Senator Scott Sales announced in March he’s running for Secretary of State. He recently spoke with YPR News’ Jess Sheldahl about election security and his plans to develop communication with the County Clerks and Recorders.

It's Thursday, August 29th. Today we have stories about a dark money lawsuit, Bozeman's newest affordable housing project and an interview with Democratic canidate for Montana Secretary of State, Bryce Bennett.

It's Wednesday, August 28th. Today we have stories about Spring Creek Mine, the missing and murdered indigenous people conferance and an interview with Republican canidate for Montana Secretary of State, Scott Sales.