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 Thursday, September 12th. Today we have stories about lead, the PAX Good Behavior Game and an update on Montana's budget.

dead elk
Musselshell County Sheriff's Office / Facebook

Poaching in Montana has doubled over the past 20 years, according to Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks. Montana FWP investigates about 40 new cases of poaching each year.

It's Wednesday, September 11th. Today we have stories on vaping, feral hogs and guns in Walmart.

It's Tuesday, September 10th. Today we have stories about a live shooter training in Billings, fish kill along th ebanks of the Upper Clark Fork River and breeding barley for the craft beer boom. 

It's Monday, September 9th. Today we have national park updates and a story about Chronic Wasting Disease.

It's Friday, September 6th. Today we have stories about whooping cough, Last Best Outdoors Fest and the Northern Cheyenne Nation's new solar farm.

It's Thursday, September 5th. Today we have a couple stories about health care and a look into preschool funding.

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.