Eric Whitney

News Director

Eric Whitney is the news director for Montana Public Radio.


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Courtesy Jon Tester's office

Senator Jon Tester is asking Montanans who think they’ve been caught up in problems with Wells Fargo to get in touch with his office.

Click here for a link to do that. 

Earlier this month the bank acknowledged opening more than two million customer accounts without their consent, incurring fees and other negative financial consequences.

President Barack Obama
Pete Souza, The Obama-Biden Transition Project (CC-BY-3.0)

All three members of Montana’s congressional delegation voted in favor of the first-ever override of a veto by President Obama.

Last week the President vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.

Wednesday, Democratic Senator Jon Tester joined Congressman Ryan Zinke and Senator Steve Daines, both Republicans, in voting to overturn that veto.

Mary Lynne Billy-Old Coyote is the new director of Montana's Office of American Indian Health.
Courtesy Montana DPHHS

In Montana, the life expectancy for Native American people is 19 to 20 years shorter than for whites. The median age at death for Native men here is 56. It's 62 for Native women.

Those statistics, in part, motivated Governor Steve Bullock last year to create a new position in the state health department: Director of American Indian Health.

The woman he appointed to the job this spring is Mary Lynn Billy-Old Coyote, who's from the Rocky Boy's reservation. She's well aware of the difficulty many Native American people have getting health care. 

Tom Crady, University of Montana vice president for enrollment management and student affairs, at a press conference announcing enrollment numbers at UM, September 23, 2016.
Eric Whitney

The University of Montana’s new Vice President for Enrollment Tom Crady announced the preliminary headcount for school this fall today.

"The bottom line is, we’re down."


In last night’s gubernatorial debate in Billings the opponents painted very different pictures of Montana’s economy, attacked one another’s character and provided few straightforward answers to direct questions.

An informational sign at the entrance of the National Bison Range.
Josh Burnham

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Friday said they’ve modified their proposal to take over management of the National Bison Range.

The tribes released draft federal legislation in June that would transfer management of the range to them from the agency that’s in control now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Montana health insurance market breakdown.
Courtesy Montana Commissioner of Securities Insurance

State Insurance Commissioner Monica Lindeen says the health insurance premiums one company is charging in Montana next year are, “unreasonable,” and that those proposed by two other companies were too low and needed to be adjusted upward.

Candidates for Montana’s contested Supreme Court seat and for Secretary of State will face off at a public forum Monday in Seeley Lake.

Governor Steve Bullock announcing a new healthcare reform initiative in Missoula Monday at Western Montana Clinic.
Eric Whitney

Montana has been invited to participate in a new phase of health care reform that some big players in the healthcare industry here say should save significant money. Governor Bullock made the announcement at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula Monday morning.

Montana Superintendent of Public Schools Denise Juneau, in turquoise jacket, meets staff and Polson high school student interns at St. Joseph's Hospital in Polson Wednesday.
Eric Whitney

In Polson, high school students are getting an opportunity that’s unique in Montana. It’s to spend a school year interning at the local hospital.