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Montana's special election is getting lots of attention from the national media. That includes NPR, which sent national political correspondent Don Gonyea here for coverage that will air this week. Gonyea stopped by MTPR to talk about the American political scene now from his perspective. He spoke with MTPR News Director Emeritus Sally Mauk.

The founders of our nation placed a great deal of trust in the role of a free press as the key to maintaining informed public opinion. Chuck Johnson, a professional newspaper reporter for 44 years, is in a good position to say how we're doing.

Bryan Gruley is an award-winning mystery writer and a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter - and he's delivering the annual Jeff Cole memorial lecture at the University of Montana this evening. Gruley is now a feature reporter for Bloomberg News, after working many years for the Wall Street Journal. He was part of a team of Journal reporters who won the Pulitzer for their coverage of the 9/11 attacks.

In this feature interview, Gruley talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the enormous changes in the journalism profession - and about the challenges of covering 9/11.

With more information than ever before at our fingertips, you would think the American consumer's news literacy - or knowledge of current events - had never been higher. The fact is, that literacy is slipping dramatically.
    University of Montana Radio-Television Professor Ray Fanning teaches a class on news literacy.

In this feature interview, he talks with News Director Sally Mauk about how to become a smarter news consumer - and about why our news literacy is declining.

For over 30 years, Gwen Florio covered the news - everything from war in Afghanistan to crime in Missoula - as a print reporter. The recent release of her mystery novel, "Montana", marks the debut of her new career as a full-time author.

In this feature interview, Florio talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the new novel - and how she came to write a mystery.