Sally Mauk

News Director

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 teaches broadcast writing and reporting in the University of Montana journalism school.

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Newtown Anniversary
10:33 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Shooting victim now an “accidental activist”

Kim Russell, Director of Outreach for "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America"
Credit Beatrice Moritz

This Saturday will mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 six and seven-year-olds - and 6 of the school's adult staff.

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Sagebrush Redux
10:04 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Leader of new Sagebrush Rebellion argues for local control of public land

Utah state representative Ken Ivory

Last week we aired an interview with UM forestry professor Martin Nie, about the resurgence of a western movement to get federal lands turned over to state and local governments - and why he thinks that's a bad idea. In this feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with one of the leaders of the new Sagebrush Rebellion - Utah state representative, and CEO of the American Lands Council, Ken Ivory - about why he thinks state ownership of federal lands is a good idea.

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Mountain Water
11:10 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Less wind means less water for the Pacific Northwest

Snowy day in Missoula
Credit Sally Mauk

A recent article in the journal "Science" investigates whether decreasing winds in the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies are contributing to declining precipitation.

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Frozen Game
11:29 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Bitter cold is chilling ticket sales for Griz playoff game

While our bitter cold spell is delaying today's scheduled opening of Missoula's Snowbowl ski area, tomorrow's big FCS playoff football game between the University of Montana Grizzlies and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will go on as scheduled.

The temperature at kickoff could be below zero, with an even more frigid wind chill.

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Civil War myths
2:25 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Noted historian debunks Civil War myths

Historian James Oakes

One of the leading historians of 19th century America is in Missoula to speak at the University of Montana. James Oakes teaches history at the City University of New York, and has written several award-winning books on the Civil War and slavery.

In this feature interview, Oakes talks with News Director Sally Mauk about the debate over whether the Civil War was fought over preserving the Union - or over slavery. Oakes says it most definitely was fought to end slavery.

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Sagebrush Rebellion Redux
2:22 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Sagebrush rebels rise again

University of Montana forestry professor Martin Nie

The movement to get the federal government to turn over its land to state and local governments is resurfacing in the American West. Led by a Utah-based group called the "American Lands Council", supporters argue there is a legal and historical basis for this turnover.
    The movement resembles the so-called Sagebrush Rebellion of the late 70s. In this feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks with University of Montana forestry professor and natural resource policy expert Martin Nie about both the old and new Sagebrush rebels.

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News Literacy
2:41 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Truth vs. Truthiness: our declining news literacy

University of Montana Radio-TV professor Ray Fanning

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.

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Heritage Turkeys
9:30 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Unlike your Butterball, Heritage turkeys can fly and mate

Turkeys on a fence at Prairie Heritage farm
Credit Jacob Cowgill, Prairie Heritage farm

Some of you may have already begun thawing the turkey for tomorrow's big meal. The vast majority of Americans get their turkeys from the supermarket, birds that have been mass produced  to meet the mass demand.

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Roadkill Salvage
10:42 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Roadkill: it’s what’s for dinner

Deer crossing Missoula city street
Credit Sally Mauk

If you haven't picked up your turkey yet, and you hit a deer with your car, under a new permit system that went into effect this week, you could keep that deer for your Thanksgiving meal.

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Cyberattacks
9:38 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Cyberattack: a new weapon in a new war

Security expert David Hamon

We may all know in a general sense that the security of information we share online cannot be guaranteed - but that doesn't stop us, or private business or government, from putting  sensitive data online. The hope is that security will hold up against hackers, but in fact, cyberattacks are a growing security threat. David Hamon advises the U.S. government about that threat.

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