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Keila Szpaller

Keila Szpaller

Keila Szpaller is deputy editor of the Daily Montanan and covers education. In Montana since 1998, she loves hiking in Glacier National Park, wandering the grounds of the Archie Bray and sitting on her front porch with friends. Before joining States Newsroom Montana, she served as city editor of the Missoulian, the largest news outlet in western Montana. She worked there from 2006 to 2020. As a Missoulian reporter, she was named a co-fellow by the Education Writers Association to report on a series about economic mobility; grantee of the Society of Environmental Journalists for a project on conservation from the U.S. to Africa; and Kiplinger Fellow in Digital Media and Public Affairs Journalism. She previously worked at the Great Falls Tribune and Missoula Independent, and she earned her master’s in journalism from the University of Montana. She lives in Missoula with her husband, Brock, who is also her favorite chef, and her pup, Henry, who is her favorite adventure companion. She believes she deserves to wear the T-shirt with this saying: “World’s most mediocre runner.”

Montana AG Knudsen favors gun expansion bill

By: - January 6, 2021

Montana’s top law enforcement officer, Attorney General Austin Knudsen, testified Wednesday in favor of a bill that would reduce restrictions on firearms in Montana, such as a general prohibition against guns on college campuses. “I think this is a very clear mandate from the voters of Montana,” Knudsen said. In a hearing of House Bill […]

Tester condemns ‘attack on our democracy’

By: - January 6, 2021

(U.S. Senate) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester denounced Wednesday the move by 12 other senators objecting to the Electoral College results. “I join my Republican and Democratic colleagues in condemning this despicable and dangerous attack on our democracy,” said Tester, a Democrat, in a statement. “The election is over — and the time for baseless […]

Montana Superintendent Arntzen announces federal relief for schools

By: - January 6, 2021

Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Education has confirmed Montana will receive around $170 million from the December 2020 congressional funding bill in the form of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds, or ESSER II. This new COVID-19 relief funding is four times more than the $41,295,230 […]

Guns on campus in Montana?

By: - January 6, 2021

A bill that would allow people to carry guns on Montana campuses and another bill to change the way community colleges get money are already creating heartburn for higher education officials.

Montana Board of Public Education appointments up in the air

By: - January 5, 2021

Retired judge Jeremiah Lynch and educator Sharon Carroll, the most recent appointments to the Montana Board of Public Education, have competition for their board seats. Last year, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock appointed Lynch, of Missoula, and Carroll, of Ekalaka, to the board overseeing public education, but they have yet to be confirmed by the Senate; […]

Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen stands behind a podium and microphone with her mask in her hand just before taking her oath of office. To her right is a man and also Judge Mary Jane Knisely of Yellowstone County District Court in a mask. Another man in a masks stands to her left.

Arntzen is 1st GOP superintendent of public instruction to win 2nd term in nearly 30 years

By: - January 5, 2021

Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen took her oath of office outdoors Monday in front of the Montana Capitol. “I am honored to continue the great work of putting Montana students and families first through my Montana initiatives of ‘Hope, Teach, Learn, and Ready,’” said Arntzen in a prepared statement she provided in advance of […]