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 Wednesday, February 26th. Today we have stories about the Missoula investigation into whether a cop car was actually shot last week, the Dr. Oz Show and MTV airing episodes about missing and murdered Indigenous women and clean energy in Helena.

It's Tuesday, February 25th. Today we have stories about the results of author Jon Krakauer's request for educational records in Missoula and Helena's plan to move toward 100 percent renewable electricity.

It's Monday, February 24th. Today we have stories about NorthWestern Energy, Hardin's plans to form a  city police department and the Senate Democratic primary candidate's debate.

It's Friday, February 21st. Today we have stories about sports betting in Montana, a lawsuit against NorthWestern energy and upgrades to employee housing in Yellowstone National Park.

It's Thursday, February 20th. Today we have stories about the elimination of the Billings Gazette's editorial staff, ideas from Bozeman on how to address climate change and funding issues for livestock losses in Montana.

Havre Public Schools / Havre Public Schools


Havre Public School’s computer system was infected with a ransomware virus in early February. It knocked out the district computers for about a week but the system is back online now. This is the 4th reported cyber attack on a Montana school district since 2016, according to tech company SecuLore Solutions. State officials say they don’t keep track of cyberattacks of this kind.

YPR New’s Jess Sheldahl spoke with Paul Dragu of the Havre Herald about how the district dealt with the hack.

It's Wednesday, February 19th. Today we have stories about a land mine at Montana State University, NorthWestern Energy's new coal supply contract and an update on the cleanup of a former wood treatment plant in Butte.

it's Tuesday, February 18th. Today we have stories about how Gallatin and Park counties are responding to an increase in calls to 911 related to mental health and substance misuse and Montana's newest plan to address climate change.

It's Monday, February 17th. Today we have stories about an upcoming CPR training and the arrest of a man accused of threatening and intimidating Missoula public officials.

Jess Sheldahl / Yellowstone Public Radio News


A group of government agencies and Yellowstone county organizations have released a plan they say will cut back on drug-related crime and addiction in the region.