Sheila Stearns likes hard jobs – even in “retirement”

Sheila Stearns likes hard jobs – even in “retirement”

Sheila Stearns is a Montana legend. Her list of important and difficult jobs in higher education is unparalleled: Montana’s longest-serving commissioner of higher education, interim chancellor of MSU-Billings, President of Wayne State College in Nebraska, provost and chancellor of UM Western, and – of course – President of the University of Montana. Now, she’s been tapped to chair Montana’s congressional redistricting commission. Is there anything Sheila can’t do?

Nora Saks and the Richest Hill

Nora Saks and the Richest Hill

Nora Saks is creator and host of the Richest Hill podcast on Montana Public Radio. Richest Hill is a deep exploration of Butte’s history and its ongoing relationship with mining. Our conversation explores that relationship’s complexity and the challenges Nora faced in reporting the authentic story. Nora earned her masters degree in environmental science and natural resource journalism at the University of Montana in 2018.

The Nature Conservancy’s Leigh Greenwood keeps forests healthy

The Nature Conservancy’s Leigh Greenwood keeps forests healthy

Leigh Greenwood is the Forest Health Program Director for North America at The Nature Conservancy. Armed with a biology degree from Williams College, Leigh worked as a field researcher for several years before enrolling in the renowned Masters of Wildlife Biology program at the University of Montana. Leigh now works in policy and gets to think about things you perhaps never considered – like why it’s bad to move firewood and the complicated dynamics of wood pallet inspection. She makes these topics interesting and you’ll definitely learn a thing or two in this episode.