Eric Whitney

News Director

Eric Whitney is the news director for Montana Public Radio.


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St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula.
Courtesy St. Patrick Hospital

In 2015, the Montana Hospital Association enthusiastically backed Medicaid expansion in Montana. A big reason was that in the first half of the year, they gave away nearly $71 million in free, or “charity” healthcare to people who had no health coverage.

After the legislature narrowly passed Medicaid expansion, Hospital Association President Dick Brown says, "the actual expectation was that charity care would go down, because a lot of the individuals who are now on Medicaid were receiving care at no cost to them, because they couldn’t afford it."

Dirk Sandefur is a candidate for Montana Supreme Court.
Josh Burnham

There are three seats open on the Montana Supreme Court this election cycle, but only one of them is contested. The candidates for that seat are UM Adjunct Law Professor Kristen Juras and District Court Judge Dirk Sandefur. Sandefur talks with Montana Public Radio's Eric Whitney in this candidate profile.

Flu activity in Montana since last October
Montana DPHHS

Five cases of flu have been confirmed in Missoula and Lewis and Clark Counties. These are the first flu cases of the season in Montana.

The Montana Healthcare Foundation says it's making grants available to support better healthcare for people with who have a combination of medical problems, mental illness and/or addiction.

Half a dozen health care systems in Montana are sharing more than $700,000 in grants to make mental or behavioral health care easier to get.

The Montana Healthcare Foundation says it's making the grants to support better healthcare for people who have a combination of medical problems and mental illness and/or addiction. It plans to award more than $3 million to the initiative over the next two years.

Listen to Montana gubernatorial candidates Steve Bullock and Greg Gianforte's debate from Saturday October 08, 2016.

Gubernatorial candidates Steve Bullock and Greg Gianforte met Saturday for their third and final debate before the elections.

Denise Juneau is the Democratic candidate for Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Denise Juneau, the Democratic candidate for Montana's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, gave these comments to the media Saturday afternoon, after Donald Trump's taped comments from 2005 about women became public Friday.

Corrections Director Mike Batista
MT Department of Corrections

The head of the Montana Department of Corrections defended his agency today after state auditors told a legislative committee that the department broke the law by housing adults at youth correctional facilities. 

Challenger Denise Juneau and incumbant Ryan Zinke met in Billings for their second debate on September 1, 2016

Democrat Denise Juneau and Republican Ryan Zinke will meet in their third debate in the race for Montana's U.S. House seat tonight. MTPR plans to broadcast the event live at 6 PM. We’ll also live stream it at

Barbara Dryden, center, and Richard Blank, to her left, tell Governor Steve Bullock about the challenges family caregivers face Monday at Missoula Aging Services.
Kim Hutcheson, Missoula Aging Services

Governor Steve Bullock and Democratic State Senator Diane Sands say the state legislature should boost spending on assistance programs for the elderly by $1.6 million.

They made the pitch at a visit to Missoula Aging Services Monday. There, Bullock and Sands heard from people who’ve used the kinds of assistance they want to expand.

Sen. Jon Tester
U.S. Senate

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.

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