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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Big Data
1:28 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

The 2012 Obama campaign revolutionized how data is used to get voters to the polls

Analytics expert Dan Wagner

He's been called a cross between Bill Gates and Batman. As the chief analytics officer for the 2012 Obama campaign, Dan Wagner and his staff of data scientists revolutionized how big data is used to target voters, and get them to the polls.

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Headframe Spirits
10:51 am
Fri February 21, 2014

“Neversweat bourbon” just one of the products of this new Butte business

John and Courtney McKee, co-owners of "Headframe Spirits"

When John and Courtney McKee opened their new microdistillery "Headframe Spirits" in Butte in early 2012, they had no idea their success would lead to them being named Montana Entrepreneurs of the Year for 2013.

Besides producing bourbon and gin and other spirits, their company also manufactures distillation equipment for Montana's growing distillery industry.
    In this feature interview, Courtney McKee talks with News Director Sally Mauk about how they decided to start their own company, when John got laid off from his previous job.

 

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New fire realities
2:28 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Facing our new fire realities a major challenge in the American West

Lolo Creek Complex fire
Credit Sally Mauk

In over three decades of fighting fire, studying fire and crafting fire management policy, Tom Zimmerman has seen a lot of changes in fire behavior and control. Zimmerman has worked with fire for the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the U.S Forest Service - and most recently, at the  National Interagency Fire Center in Boise.

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Gender pay gap
11:38 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Montana women have more education but make less money, than Montana men

Credit singlemindedwomen.com

Montanans are more likely to be poor, compared with the rest of the nation, and women are more likely to be poor than men. That's just one of the sobering facts contained in a new report on the status of women in Montana, summarized in the winter issue of the Montana Business Quarterly.

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Disappearing Snow
1:35 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Your favorite ski resort may be out of snow in a few years

Bridger Mountains in Montana
Credit Porter Fox

It's safe to say that these days many Montanans are either watching the Winter Olympics, or out skiing a local mountain themselves. We live in a snow culture, and it's one of the things we love about Montana.
    But that snow is disappearing, not just here but around the world.

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Climate change
1:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

The relationship of climate change to poverty is complex

Environmental scholar and scientist Diana Liverman
Credit University of Arizona

A leading environmental scholar and climate change scientist, Diana Liverman, is in Missoula this week to lecture at the University of Montana.

Liverman teaches geography at the University of Arizona, and is co-director of the Institute of the Environment there. She's written several books and articles on the impacts of climate change, and how to adapt to it.
    In this feature interview, Liverman talks with News Director Sally Mauk about her 30-plus years' interest in our changing climate and what we should be doing about it.

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Wolf Debate
2:01 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Wolf debate part of the “culture war”

Credit David Gilkey

Growing up in Montana, Nathan Rott knew wolves were controversial.

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NSA Threat
1:45 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Author laments “the last gasp of American democracy”

Best-selling author and journalist Chris Hedges
Credit Truthdig.com

Chris Hedges has seen fascism and war up close. For nearly 20 years he was a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans - for both print and broadcast media, including National Public Radio and the New York Times.

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UM Budget Cuts
11:36 am
Thu January 23, 2014

UM coming up 9 million dollars short

View of University of Montana campus from the "M" trail
Credit Sally Mauk

As we reported earlier this week, the University of Montana must find another 9 million dollars to cut in the coming year - on top of the 6 million cut from this year's budget. President Royce Engstrom outlined the need for the cuts - and potential  money-saving steps - in a campuswide letter this week.

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Nebraska film
3:56 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Best picture nominee filmed in Billings

Director Alexander Payne and Anne Gauer
Credit John Latenser V

Anne Gauer of Billings found out on Facebook today that the film "Nebraska" has been nominated for best picture of the year - and for five other Oscars, including best director and best actor.

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