MTPR’s ‘Capitol Talk’ Announces New Addition to Team

December 21, 2018

Left to right: UM political science Professor Rob Saldin, MTPR host Sally Mauk and reporter Holly Michels MISSOULA – The Montana Public Radio weekly legislative news and analysis program “Capitol Talk” will return in 2019 with a new voice. Lee Enterprises’ Capitol reporter Holly Michels will join MTPR host Sally Mauk and University of Montana political science Professor Rob Saldin each Friday during the 2019 legislative session.

“It’s great to have Holly join the ‘Capitol Talk’ team,” said Mauk, who has covered the Montana Legislature for more than 40 years. “I think listeners will love hearing her analysis on what’s happening at the Legislature.”

Michels replaces veteran Capitol reporter Chuck Johnson, who was on “Capitol Talk” since its inception and retired this year. Michels has worked as a reporter and editor for Lee Enterprises for more than a decade at newspapers in Hamilton, Butte, Billings and Helena.

“I’m excited to be joining Sally and Rob during this legislative session and look forward to helping listeners stay on top of everything their representatives are up to in Helena,” Michels said.

Beginning Jan. 11, “Capitol Talk” airs Fridays at 6:35 p.m. on MTPR while the Montana Legislature is in session. It repeats on Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. and is online at or can be downloaded as a podcast.

Montana Public Radio is a public service of UM 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); 89.9 Great Falls (KGPR); and 98.3 White Sulphur Springs (K252AD).

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