Kay Erickson

All Things Considered Host

Kay Erickson has been working in broadcasting in Billings for more than 20 years. She spent well over a decade as news assignment editor at KTVQ-TV before joining the staff at YPR. She is a graduate of Northern Illinois University, with a degree in broadcast journalism. Shortly after graduation she worked in Great Falls where she was one of the first female sports anchor and reporter in Montana.

Kay is also a writer for Yellowstone Valley Woman’s Magazine.

Ways to Connect

Inclement weather closed the Beartooth Highway in Montana October 8.
Jackie Yamanaka / Yellowstone Public Radio

The Beartooth Pass has closed for the season.

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service released data on Friday confirming that September was a very wet, snowy month for Montana. 

The National Weather Service is calling it a historic winter storm, bringing strong winds, heavy, wet and blowing snow and record cold temperatures to much of Montana starting tonight. As residents prepare for this early winter event so is a major utility.

A winter storm at this time of year means there are still leaves on the trees and tree damage is likely. And that means downed power lines.

The Montana Canada Border
Spend A Day Touring, LLC / Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

The seasons are changing in Montana and so are the hours of some of the ports of entry with Canada.

The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows nearly a quarter of high schoolers in Montana seriously considered suicide in the previous 12 months.
2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey / Montana Office of Public Instruction

Ten percent of Montana high school students say they’ve attempted suicide in the past year, according to a statewide survey released last month. The percentage of Montana highschoolers who report being depressed is at a 20 year high.

Logo of Laps4Life on a light blue field

This Saturday, athletes from Billings’ three public high schools will work together to raise money and awareness for a group of their fellow students.

A poster for the mixed-media film "Theo and Celeste"
Montana International Film Festival

If you enjoy films, Billings is the place to be this week when five days of some of the best independent films from around the country will play on movie screens downtown.

A red panda relaxes at ZooMontana
Jim Bowen / Flickr CC BY 2.0

ZooMontana, the only zoo and botanical garden in the state, achieved a major milestone today.

A kookaburra named Sidney laughs at ZooMontana. She's just one of the over 80 animals that live at the only true zoological and botanical park within a 500 miles radius of Billings. She could be announcing that her home on the west end of Billings was just granted accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ independent accreditation commission.

A woman in a red sweater and dress stands holding a book in front a classroom of second grade students.
Kay Erickson / Yellowstone Public Radio

This summer Montana received over $2 million dollars in federal grant money to train more teachers in the state in the PAX Good Behavior Game. Currently some 11-hundred teachers have been trained in this strategy to help elementary students learn skills that can help them intellectually and emotionally throughout their lives.

Tom Ferris / Montana History Foundation


Between 1901 and 1922, 17 libraries from Missoula to Miles City and Havre to Dillon were built in Montana. There’s a new book that takes us back to the turn of the 20th century, when the generosity of a Scottish immigrant and the vision of 17 Montana communities brought libraries to the far reaches of the state.

The seed money for these libraries in Montana and elsewhere across the U.S. came from one of the richest men of the late 19th and 20th century, Andrew Carnegie, who said that a “library outranks any one thing a community can do to benefit its people.”