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 Yellowstone County coalition received a $100,000 grant to implement their plans to spruce up the low-income southside of Billings.

It's Wednesday, December 11th. Today we have stories about Northwestern Energy, federal recognition for the Little Shell Tribe and the Flathead Water Compact.

It's Tuesday, December 10th. Today we have stories about how Montana's Largest utility plans to get its energy for the next 20 years and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's grizzly bear report.

It's Monday, December 9th. Today we have stories about where Montana wildlife managers have found chronic wasting disease cases and the Trump administration's task force to address missing and murdered indigenous people.

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A former Helena elementary school teacher and husband of Democratic state superintendent of public instruction candidate Melissa Romano is facing a felony drug charge. The charges were filed Tuesday. 

It's Friday, December 6th. Today we have stories about the controversial M-44 device, the CSKT tribal water compact and a school program aimed at lowering student suicide rates. 

It's Thursday, December 5th. Today we have stories about what's next for Governor Steve Bullock, grizzly bears and bison management. 

It's Wednesday, December 4th. Today we have stories about small business development in Billings, Big Arm State Park on Flathead Lake and the winter bison hunt near Yellowstone National Park. 

It's Tuesday, December 3rd. Today we have stories about an evacuation at Bigfork High School, a remembrance of University of Montana alumna Emma Lommasson and the cross country ski festival in West Yellowstone. 

It's Monday, December 2nd. Today we have stories about the street wear brand Supreme, Whitefish-based Potter's Field Ministries and record grizzly bear killings.