I do this for good reason – they’re corporate-controlled and their reporting leaves much to be desired.
- Chuck Johnson: Johnson works for Lee Enterprises in Helena, at the Independent Record. He graduated from the University of Montana in 1970 and got his M.A. from the same school in 1978. He’s also “studied politics and economics at Oxford University” and has covered 22 legislative sessions and “interviewed nine Montana governors.”
- Mike Dennison: I couldn’t find a single thing on this man.
- Lisa Baumann: Baumann attended the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, then worked for a series of newspapers in Minnesota. She seems to have gotten her start in Montana, however, working for the Ravalli Republic back in 1999. It wasn’t until around 2012 that she got out of the Gopher State, her destination the Evergreen State. There she covered the Washington State Legislature in 2013 before coming to Montana for the AP in May 2014.
- Kristen Inbody: Inbody was born and raised in Choteau and graduated from the University of Montana. She’s “worked for newspapers in Alaska, Wyoming, Washington, D.C. and Montana” and has also served in the Peace Corps, where she was stationed in Transylvania and Romania. She’s also co-authored a book on Montana State Parks.
- John S. Adams: Adams graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2001 with a BA in English and Creative Writing. He started working for an Idaho magazine after that and then a Wisconsin paper. In 2005 came to Montana and quickly began picking up journalism awards while working for the Missoula Independent. Adams became the capital bureau chief for the Great Falls Tribune back in 2007, a position he held until he was ‘let go’ mid-session in 2015. He was named the “Best State-Based Political Reporter” by the Washington Post in both 2013 and 2015. He’s also been writing for USA Today since 2010.
- Dan Brooks: Brooks hails from Iowa, and as far as I can tell, he came up to Montana around 2009…about the time he became a freelance writer. In 2012 he won the Montana Newspaper Association Award – Best Column. He works for the Missoula Independent and has seen his work appear in The New York Times.
Dan Brooks is pretty good, and I really should just bunch the whole Missoula Independent staff in there with him on that.
Lisa Baumann does the AP and does a pretty good job…considering the legislative nutcases wanted to take away her office last time.
While we’re on the subject, how about no more Debbie Barrett – thank God!
Anyways, if you’ve been reading my political posts then you know I rely heavily on the Missoulian, or Lee Enterprises. So thanks for continuing on in what must, at times, seem like the cess-pit of doom, job-wise. Thanks!