Montana’s Most Experienced Political Analysts Return to Airwaves

September 27, 2016

MISSOULA – The state’s most experienced team of political analysts returns to the airwaves with “Campaign Beat,” Montana Public Radio’s weekly political analysis program. Every Friday through election week, Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin examine the week’s top election stories and inject a dose of reality into the campaign rhetoric.

“‘Campaign Beat’ operates on the premise that intelligent analysis requires context, history and even-handed candor,” said MTPR Senior News Analyst Sally Mauk. “Chuck, Rob and I hope our weekly discussion breaks down the cacophony of the campaigns into comprehensible and common-sensible information voters can hear and understand.”

The trio is well-suited for the task. Mauk has spent her career delivering context and “even-handed candor” over the airwaves, covering Montana news and politics since the early 1980s. Chuck Johnson is a walking encyclopedia of Montana political history. He’s been covering state politics since the 1972 Constitutional Convention and is one of Montana's longest-serving political reporters. UM Professor Rob Saldin brings the critical eye of the political scientist, who can put Montana politics into the larger context of national, and even international, trends.

“Campaign Beat” airs Fridays on Montana Public Radio during the 6:30 p.m. news hour. An encore broadcast airs at 11 a.m. Sundays. The show is available online at and via podcast.


Contact: Ray Ekness, director, Broadcast Media Center, 406-243-4154,