Sally Mauk

News Director Emeritus

Retired in 2014 but still a presence at MTPR, Sally Mauk is a University of Kansas graduate and former wilderness ranger who has reported on everything from the legislature to forest fires. She also taught broadcast writing and reporting in the University of Montana journalism school.

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Don Oliver Obit
1:45 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Former NBC News correspondent and UM grad Don Oliver remembered as a 'hard-nosed' reporter

Former NBC News correspondent Don Oliver
Credit University of Montana


    Longtime NBC News correspondent and University of Montana alumnus Don Oliver died last week at the age of 76. Oliver was a Billings native who worked for NBC nearly thirty years, covering everything from wars to presidential campaigns. He received a Distinguished Alumnus award from UM in 1985, and taught a semester there after he retired from NBC in the 1990's.

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Breast Cancer
12:18 pm
Mon May 27, 2013

The genetic mutations behind breast cancer

Dr. Melissa Hulvat

    The actress Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy as a way to prevent getting breast cancer, and her choice to make that decision public, have shed light on the rare genetic mutation she has that can cause breast and ovarian cancer. It has also prompted a flood of inquiries from women about the mutation - who's at risk, and what their choices are if they have it.To learn more, News Director Sally Mauk recently spoke with breast cancer surgeon Dr. Melissa Hulvat who is Director of the Bass Breast Center at Kalispell Regional Healthcare. Dr.

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Gun Control
9:15 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Gun Control: Knee Jerk or Necessary?

News Director Sally Mauk and panelists Dana Gale, Doug Webber, Ed Monnig, Sheriff Chris Hoffman
Credit William Marcus

Gun control continues to be nationally debated in the wake of the most recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school. As part of the Montana Public Media “Guns in the Big Sky” series, Montana Public Radio recently aired a live, one-hour discussion of whether new gun control legislation is necessary, or simply a knee jerk reaction to tragedy. News Director Sally Mauk hosted the discussion, featuring four panelists: hunters Doug Webber and Ed Monnig, Dana Gale of “Moms Demand Action”, and Ravalli County Sheriff Chis Hoffman. Listeners also submitted questions online.

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Extreme Broadband
10:53 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Missoula looks at the need for superfast Internet service

Missoula city councilwoman Caitlin Copple
Credit Caitlin Copple

Does Missoula need faster and more affordable Internet service? That's the question a new study will seek to answer. With a 26-thousand dollar matching grant from the state,the city and county of Missoula are chipping in 13-thousand dollars each to fund a feasibility study of affordable extreme broadband service. City councilwoman Caitlin Copple chairs the council's economic development subcommittee. She believes superfast - and affordable - high speed Internet is an attractive recruitment tool for new business.

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Gun Control
1:56 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

President Obama's former campaign manager says fight over gun control not over

Jim Messina, Sally Mauk
Credit William Marcus

The former campaign manager for President Barack Obama, Jim Messina, was in Missoula over the weekend to deliver the commencement address to his alma mater, the University of Montana.

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Top citizens honored
11:23 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Missoula philanthropists to receive honorary doctorates from UM

John and Sue Talbot
Credit John and Sue Talbot

Missoulians John and Sue Talbot will receive Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters at the University of Montana commencement ceremony tomorrow.

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Bear research
3:46 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

If you count bears for a living, you might find yourself staring down a grizzly

Bear researcher Kate Kendall
Credit photo courtesy Kate Kendall

U.S.G.S. research ecologist Kate Kendall has been studying grizzly bears for over 30 years and done groundbreaking research into the grizzlies that live in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem.

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Montana News
4:41 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Fort Missoula: The "million dollar post"

The 6th Infantry Regiment performing a bayonet drill at Fort Missoula in 1906
Credit Courtesy Fort Missoula Historical Museum

Fort Missoula has undergone several incarnations since it was built in the late 19th century. Tate Jones, the Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History, has a new book out that gives a pictorial history of the fort.

In this feature interview, Jones talks with News Director Sally Mauk about that colorful history - everything from the fort's involvement in the Battle of the Big Hole to the internment of Japanese civilians during World War II. The fort was created in 1877.

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Flood potential
3:32 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Watch out - rivers will be high this weekend

Clark Fork river in downtown Missoula
Credit Sally Mauk

Our warm temperatures are forecast to last through the weekend, and that means rivers and streams will continue to quickly rise. LeeAnn Allegretto of the National Weather Service says the biggest flooding threat currently is in Lincoln and Flathead counties.

“Right now the only river that may reach flood stage is the Yaak river near Troy,” said Allegretto.”But the Flathead river and all its branches will also see dramatic rises.”

A warm weekend makes it tempting to want to get out onto the rivers, but Allegretto recommends resisting the temptation.

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Justice
3:02 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Over 300 people nationwide exonerated because of DNA evidence

National Innocence Project co-founder Peter Neufeld
Credit Sally Mauk

  Civil rights attorney and co-founder of the National Innocence Project Peter Neufeld and others have been instrumental in winning the freedom of over 300 people wrongly convicted of crimes, through the use of DNA evidence.

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