Kevin Trevellyan

Statehouse Reporter

Kevin Trevellyan covers the Montana statehouse for Yellowstone Public Radio. He initially jumped into audio journalism with Montana Public Radio while earning a masters in environmental science and natural resource journalism at the University of Montana. Kevin also studied journalism at the University of Oregon. Before transitioning to public radio, the San Diego native spent two years covering education, local government and nuclear energy research for a daily newspaper in eastern Idaho.

A photo of Linda Watson shuffling through Little Shell Tribe enrollment applications.
Kevin Trevellyan / YPR

Roughly six months ago, the federal government officially recognized the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians as a sovereign nation. It was national news then. But what does it mean now for the members and descendants of Little Shell? Nine students from the University of Montana School of Journalism spent a semester reporting on the impact of recognition on what has long been considered Montana’s “landless tribe.” This story is part of the student-produced series, Project Little Shell.

It's February, about two months after the tribe received the federal recognition it had sought for more than 130 years. Linda Watson is shuffling papers at her desk at the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians' headquarters in Great Falls. She's received a lot of phone calls recently.

Donald Trump, Jr., Susan Gianforte, Kristen Juras and Kimberly Guilfoyle at a fundraising event at Lone Mountain Ranch on June 30, 2020.
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News broke on Fourth of July that a handful of Montana’s high-profile elected officials and political candidates were potentially exposed to COVID-19 during two of President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign events. This week, we learned where those events took place and who attended. YPR News’ Kevin Trevellyan spoke with Maritsa Georgiou of NBC Montana, who had the scoop.

The exterior doors and wall of Alpha House in Billings, Mont.
Nicky Ouellet / Yellowstone Public Radio

Residents of a corrections facility in Billings remain quarantined amid two recently-discovered COVID-19 cases. Multiple residents say they're concerned the virus could spread further within the building following what they call insufficient care for their safety.

A voter drops off mail-in ballots at the Yellowstone County Court House June 2, 2020.
Nicky Ouellet / Yellowstone Public Radio

A Montana district court judge July 7 granted a preliminary injunction against a state law limiting the number of ballots a person can deliver on others’ behalf.

A box with four vials
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Two residents of a corrections facility in Billings have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Montana Department of Commerce

It’s the start of the month, which means housing payments are due for many Montanans. Amid the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus pandemic, there doesn’t yet appear to be large spikes in evictions and foreclosures. But state officials are still having trouble distributing federal housing relief dollars to the people who need them.

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester holds a Facebook town hall to discuss health care on June 30, 2020.
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U.S. Senator Jon Tester joined other congressional Democrats this week in rebuking the Trump administration's latest attempt to overturn the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. 

Ballots for the Republican, Democratic and Green parties during the 2020 primary election in Montana.
Yellowstone Public Radio

The state’s top campaign rules enforcer found the Montana Republican Party and two other groups violated state law. The violations came in a successful attempt to place the Green Party on this year’s primary ballot.

Richland County Courthouse in Sidney, Montana, 2008.
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A recent Montana legislative report says tax revenue from oil and natural gas production is expected to drop more than 28 percent this fiscal year, which will impact state and county budgets.

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Yellowstone Public Radio


The two leading candidates to become Montana’s next governor edged closer in fundraising over the last month reported.