MTPR News Reporter Selected for Fellowship

July 26, 2017

Montana Public Radio news reporter Rachel Cramer conducts an interview.MISSOULA – Montana Public Radio news reporter Rachel Cramer is going on the road. Starting this fall, Cramer will be one of five early career reporters and recent graduates of public universities to report on issues dividing America in a fellowship titled “Crossing the Divide.”

The fellowship is a collaboration between the GroundTruth Project and Boston Public Radio station WGBH. The project aims to satisfy a national hunger for greater civic engagement, media literacy and journalism that seeks to bridge divides.

Cramer, a recent graduate of the University of Montana Environmental Studies master’s program, has worked at MTPR for nearly a year.

“I’m drawn to the power of sound and how it can transport a listener to a new place,” Cramer said. “I hope this project will foster understanding during a divisive time in America.”

The cross-country road trip will run from late-August to mid-November. Cramer will be the audio reporter for the team that includes data and investigative journalist Eric Bosco from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, photojournalist Brittany Greeson from Western Kentucky University, writer and reporter Gabriel Sanchez from the University of Minnesota and videographer and reporter Mahlia Posey from the University of California, Berkeley.

The managing editor and two field producers from the GroundTruth Project will accompany the reporters on their drive across the country.

“At a time of deep divisions in America, we wanted to bring together a truly diverse team of reporters to take the great American road trip and tell stories along the way that enlighten and inform,” said GroundTruth founder and Executive Director Charles Sennott. “This is a truly extraordinary team that hails from red states and blue states, from rural towns and big cities, from new immigrant backgrounds and those who are part of America’s long immigrant past. The goal of this project is for them to come together to report on the issues that divide us and to find the places where we can all come together.”

The GroundTruth Project will partner with local high schools, including Two Eagle River School in Pablo. They will also partner with The Moth, a New York nonprofit dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling, for a community storytelling event in Montana.

MTPR is a local media partner for “Crossing the Divide.” Montana Public Radio airs across much of western and central Montana at 89.1 and 91.5 in Missoula; 91.9 in Hamilton; 89.5 in Polson; 90.1 in Kalispell, Whitefish and North Valley; 90.5 in Libby; 91.7 in Kalispell; 101.3 in Swan Lake; 91.3 in Butte; 91.7 in Helena; 89.9 in Great Falls; 91.7 in Dillon; and online at http://mtpr.org/.

The GroundTruth Project (http://thegroundtruthproject.org/) is an independent, nonprofit media organization dedicated to supporting a new generation of journalists to tell the most important stories of their generation.

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the web, including “FRONTLINE,” “NOVA,” “American Experience,” “Masterpiece,” “Antiques Roadshow,” “Arthur” and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH also is a major supplier of programming for public radio, and Public Radio International is an affiliated company.

For more information visit http://thegroundtruthproject.org/announcing-crossing-divide-fellows/.

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Contact: Rachel Cramer, Montana Public Radio news reporter, CramerMTPR@gmail.com; Eric Whitney, Montana Public Radio news director, 406-243-4075, eric.whitney@umontana.edu.