Susanne was born and raised in Sheridan, Mont., and later attended Montana State University. After a diverse career spanning sales, non-profit management and vocational rehabilitation, Susanne returned to Southwest Montana and became involved in local community journalism. Since 2011, she has enjoyed seeing this expanding family of newspapers—and the communities they serve—evolve and thrive, and she’s grateful to be a part of such collaborative, talented and committed teams. Susanne and her husband, Matt, enjoy discovering new people, places and things together, along with Murphy the dog and their three horses, Chickie, Boone and Mattie Mae.
Likes: Loyal friends, horses, fast cars.
Dislikes: Yoga, leftovers, sci-fi movies.
Erin, a sixth generation Montanan, fell into publishing newspapers by chance. A graphic designer by trade, she was asked to work at her local newspaper, The Madisonian, in January of 2012. She fell in love with the business and soon, along with her co-worker Susanne Hill, was lucky enough to purchase The Madisonian by the end of 2012. Since then, she and Susanne have opened a weekly newspaper in West Yellowstone (West Yellowstone Star, est. 2016) and now have had the pleasure of reviving the Lone Peak Lookout. When not obsessing over the papers, Erin obsesses over her two kids Harper and Jack, and wouldn’t have it any other way. Erin loves live music, the outdoors, cross-country skiing, avocados, hot dogs and going on adventures with her husband Chris and their little family of four.
Raised in La Crosse, Wis., Rachel obtained an associate degree in marketing from Western Technical College and looked towards moving West. Spending her early twenties exploring, she discovered a passion for the mountains. Her love for snowboarding, hiking and every aspect of mountain culture eventually led her to Southwest Montana. Graduating from Montana State University, Rachel completed an undergraduate degree in liberal studies. As a sales professional with a diverse background in marketing and journalism, she aims to challenge herself in all aspects of life. Off the mountain and out of the office, she spends time with her boyfriend, Jaritt, and dog, Maverick Cedar.
David published his first newspaper story in 1984 and started writing and producing documentaries in Montana when a project for the A&E Network sent him to the Flathead in 2000.That’s where he married Katie Gaines Madison, a midwife who now directs the Community Health Partners clinic in Bozeman. Madison’s work has appeared in Montana Outdoors, the Salt Lake City Weekly, Mountain Times, Boise Weekly and the Missoula Independent. He’s produced television and video projects for National Geographic, Showtime, History Channel, Teton Gravity Research, Travel Channel, HGTV, The Wilderness Society and Montana ACLU. David and Katie have two daughters, Lily and Mae, who now ski faster than their father. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, David is a descendent of Irish gold miners who settled in Helena and Zortman.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Jolene discovered her love of the mountains while travelling during her journalism school days at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She packed up her VW and relocated to Big Sky in 2008, never looking back. After enjoying the “ski bum” lifestyle for a year or so she landed the reporter job at the Lone Peak Lookout where she stayed for five years before trying her hand at a few other jobs around Big Sky, eventually returning as the reporter for the Lookout in December 2017. When not covering Big Sky’s latest, you can find her with her husband, Mike, and fur babies Molly the basset hound and Mabel the vizsla.
Likes: cheese, traveling, photography. Dislikes: Black licorice, being late, running out of cheese.