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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.”

‘Born alive’ Act fails to gain support in Montana

By: and - November 10, 2022

Legislative Referendum 131, a lawmaker-proposed measure known as the “Born Alive” Act that would have purportedly required doctors to save any infant born alive after a late-term abortion, failed to garner enough support to become law. As of Thursday morning, with all precincts fully reporting in Montana, the measure had failed by a wide margin – […]

Republican Ryan Zinke wins U.S. House seat in Montana’s new western district

By: - November 10, 2022

Republican Ryan Zinke declared victory on Wednesday night in Montana’s new western district for the U.S. House of Representatives. “I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me on Election Day and all those who volunteered with our campaign to get the word out,” said Zinke in a statement from his campaign. “For those of […]

Missoula judge issues warrant for arrest of neo-Nazi publisher Andrew Anglin

By: - November 9, 2022

A U.S. District Court judge issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for a neo-Nazi publisher earlier ordered to pay $14 million after he unleashed an anti-Semitic “troll storm” against a Whitefish woman and her family. A September court order said Andrew Anglin had 30 days to comply with requests for documents showing his whereabouts and income […]

In western district, Republican Zinke takes lead at 50 percent to Tranel’s 46 percent

By: - November 8, 2022

Republican Ryan Zinke had pulled ahead of Democrat Monica Tranel on Wednesday in the western district for the U.S. House of Representatives. Zinke, favored to win, had 109,702 votes to Tranel’s 101,757, according to the Montana Secretary of State’s Office. As of midday, 70 percent of precincts were reporting. Libertarian John Lamb was taking 4 […]

Montana’s statewide results trickle as digital privacy amendment seems certain

By: , and - November 8, 2022

The first real blast of winter hit Montana on Monday and into Election Day and while it didn’t appear to dampen voters’ spirits, results seemed to match the slower place as less than 15% of votes were tallied by 11 p.m. About the only race that seemed to be definitive was a little covered constitutional […]

Flathead National Forest: Decision on Holland Lake likely coming this week or next

By: - November 7, 2022

If mapping at Holland Lake Lodge shows a proposed expansion will push “substantially” outside the current permitted acreage, the U.S. Forest Service would require an environmental assessment for the controversial project, according to the Flathead National Forest. A proposal to upgrade the Swan Valley resort and extend services into a winter season has sparked protest. […]

Housing experts: ‘Bonkers’ housing market, interest rates hurting Montanans’ buying power

By: - November 3, 2022

Soaring and volatile interest rates are hurting many homebuyers in Montana who already face a low supply of homes — a problem that’s expected to be a priority in the 2023 Legislature. “We are seeing a lot of folks being frustrated by the lack of availability and the higher interest rates,” said Karissa Trujillo, deputy […]

Final stretch of campaign brings ‘whistleblower,’ planned victory party in new House district

By: - November 3, 2022

In the final stretch of the campaign, Ryan Zinke is getting clobbered from multiple directions for ethically questionable dealings, even as he announces a victory party in Whitefish. The Republican is the favorite for the U.S. House of Representatives in Montana’s new western district, according to most national pollsters, but Montana analysts have also said […]

Judge: State may charge for legal review prior to records release

By: - October 30, 2022

State agencies can charge the public fees to review documents for privacy and other interests before releasing them as “public information,” according to an order from Yellowstone County District Court this week. And they should take time to review records, the judge said. “Quickly producing documents in a few hours without reviewing them, as Petitioner […]

MSU Extension: Affordable housing, food, top ‘needs’ in Montana

By: - October 27, 2022

Affordable housing and affordable food are the top two needs in Montana, and mental health services is the third, according to the results of a statewide needs assessment released this week from Montana State University Extension.  “The results of this needs assessment are already being used by our MSU Extension faculty and staff as they continue […]

House Bill 702 trial wraps up, pits public health against state’s police power

By: - October 26, 2022

House Bill 702 was democracy in action — the will of the people exercised through their representatives to prevent workplace discrimination based on vaccination status. So said Deputy Solicitor General Brent Mead on behalf of defendants, which included the Gianforte administration and Attorney General Austin Knudsen, in a trial that wrapped up Wednesday. And Mead […]

Lawyers to deliver closing arguments Wednesday in HB702 lawsuit

By: - October 25, 2022

If Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula finds itself out of compliance with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services standards, it could risk losing reimbursement worth $16 million for just one month, or half of its funding, said Kirk Bodlovic, chief operating officer at the Missoula hospital. A rule from CMS requires most providers to […]