Montana Public Radio Reporter, Podcast Receive Another Honor

May 25, 2018

Nicky OuelletMISSOULA – Montana Public Radio reporter Nicky Ouellet and the podcast “SubSurface: Resisting Montana’s Underwater Invaders” continues to receive national awards. The podcast earned the Storytelling Award for small newsrooms from the Associated Press Media Editors earlier this month.

“We knew we needed to be inventive and play with the full power of audio storytelling to make our audience want to tune in to a 30-minute episode about a tiny bivalve,” Ouellet said. “It’s a huge honor to be recognized by our peers for our efforts.”

 “SubSurface” examines what could happen if Montana fails to stop the coming invasion of zebra and quagga mussels threatening the state’s water bodies. Ouellet reported on how invasive mussels changed the Great Lakes region and what those implications could mean for Montana’s future, as well as what the state already is doing to detect and prevent their spread. The five-episode series launched late last year and is available on iTunes and online at

The annual contest honors excellence and innovation in journalism, reflecting the Associated Press Media Editors’ mission of fostering newsroom leaders, empowering journalists to succeed and cultivating ideas that work. APME national board members and top editors at the Associated Press comprise teams of judges. Winners will be recognized Sept. 11-12 at a conference on news leadership in Austin, Texas.

Earlier this year, Ouellet received an award from the Whitefish Lake Institute for the series, and she is a finalist for the Montana Broadcasters Association/Greater Montana Foundation E.B. Craney Awards for radio non-commercial program of the year.

Montana Public Radio is using what it learned producing “SubSurface” to create a new podcast series this fall, “Richest Hill,” which will tell the story of the past and hoped-for future of Butte, Montana – one of America’s biggest Superfund sites.

Montana Public Radio is a public service of the University of Montana and broadcasts on 89.1 Missoula (KUFM), 91.5 Missoula, city (K218AI), 91.9 Hamilton (KUFN), 89.5 Polson (KPJH), 90.1 Kalispell, Whitefish, North Valley (KUKL), 90.5 Libby (KUFL), 91.7 Kalispell, city (K219BN), 101.3 Swan Lake (K267BJ), 91.3 Butte (KAPC), 91.7 Helena (KUHM), 91.7 Dillon (K219DN) and 89.9 Great Falls (KGPR). Learn more at  


Contact: Nicky Ouellet, Montana Public Radio reporter and podcast producer, 406-730-8502,