Cori Koenig, editor
A Montanan through and through, Cori has lived in Madison County intermittently since 1994. She spent her high school years in the beautiful Upper Ruby and graduated as a Sheridan Panther. She has been passionate about building community since her college days at Montana State University and believes there is no better place than a vibrant community paper. Cori is currently raising two little darlings with her husband and getting outside as much as possible.
1) Why do you love journalism? I love being helping our communities share the stories that are important to their lives. Whether it's local government in action, a recent school board decision that affects their family, a natural resource story or a touching human interest piece, all of these stories are interwoven into the fabric of the day to day lives of our neighbors and friends. Connection and understanding are very important to me.
2) What are three of your favorite things? My family, yoga (better yet, yoga on my paddle board) and sunshine on my shoulders.
3) Favorite quote? “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”― George R.R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons
Austin Samuels, intern
Austin was born in Nashville, Tenn., but has lived in Big Sky for the past 14 years. He is a graduate from Lone Peak High School from the class of 2020. In his free time, Austin enjoys doing anything that will get him outside under the big sky.
1. Why do you love journalism? I love having the ability to be a storyteller. Especially in a place like Big Sky, where people may not be able to hear those stories anywhere else.
2. What are your three favorite things? Watching sports, playing golf, and shredding the gnar.
3. Favorite quote? “Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller
Keely Larson, staff reporter, customer service, social media
Born and raised, and still living in Montana, Keely Larson let her love of history drive her to graduate from Montana State Univeristy with degrees in history and religious studies. After an internship with the Lone Peak Lookout in Big Sky, writing and reporting felt like the next step forward. Using the skills she learned while in school and on the job, she continued to write for the Lookout, as well as The Madisonian and Dance Spirit Magazine. She lives up in Big Sky with her boyfriend, teaches a variety of dance classes in Bozeman and can never have enough pairs of socks.
1) Why do you love journalism? I find great value in seeing any and all sides of a story and opening others' minds to the idea that one explanation may not always be the perfect fit. Additionally, I love bringing history into my stories, whether it's through family lines or decisions with longevity.
2) What are three of your favorite things? Dancing, making pierogies with my boyfriend and prosecco.
3) Favorite quote? "We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We're a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don't really have an explanation for." Malcolm Gladwell
Susanne Hill, publisher
1) Why do you love journalism? I love being a part of building community - the verb. I love knowing that the stories we publish build cohesion and trust and remind us all that we have a stake in one another as human beings. I love knowing we use our platform to passionately serve ALL of our readers. And, that the journalists who come work with our team do so because they love affecting the human condition by providing facts and truths and the tools necessary for their readers to assimilate into their own version of better living. When all of this comes together with advertising to then drive commerce within each of our wonderful communities, the work feels pretty amazing.
2) What are three of your favorite things? Cheesy Hallmark movies, fast cars and loyal friends. And horses. And ice cream and good chocolate. And loud belly laughs…
3) Favorite quote? “Vulnerability is not about fear and grief and disappointment. It’s the birthplace of everything we’re hungry for.” Brené Brown