Matthew Frank is a Center Fellow in Regional Journalism and manages and coordinates the Center’s Mountain West News and also does feature writing for this regional news service. He is a national award-winning journalist specializing in in-depth, long-form reporting on energy and environmental issues in the greater Mountain West region. Matthew has a Master’s degree in journalism and also is an adjunct professor in the UM School of Journalism’s graduate program in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Journalism.
In the last year Matthew has has written several in-depth feature articles on key stories in the region’s energy development and future and produce’s the Rockies Today news section of MWN that is widely distributed on the web site and via an email newsletter.
High Country News, Pulitzer Prize-winning Inside Climate News, Inside Energy, the Missoula Independent, and other publications have all republished stories Matthew originally wrote for Mountain West News, exemplifying our commitment to covering regionally transformative issues and syndicating them to broad audiences throughout the region. These articles also are being picked up and re-published in area newspapers, furthering the Center’s contribution to public information and education on important stories in regional energy development and change.
Before joining the O’Connor Center, Matthew led a National Science Foundation-funded project in UM’s School of Journalism dedicated to delivering environmental science journalism to newspapers and radio stations in rural, and especially Native American, communities across Montana. Matthew has won several awards, including first-place prize from the Society of Environmental Journalists for local area reporting in 2013 while working as an editor and senior writer for the Missoula Independent, where he worked from 2009 through 2012. The Society of Professional Journalists, the Association of Alternative News Media, and the Montana Newspaper Association have all recognized Matthew’s work. Fellowships include Knight Science Journalism at MIT’s Energy and Climate Boot Camp, the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources’ Crown of the Continent Expedition, and the Maureen & Mike Mansfield Center’s two-way exchange with China on natural resource issues for young professionals.
Matthew regularly teaches a field course through the Missoula-based Wild Rockies Field Institute called “Cycle the Rockies: Energy and Climate Change in Montana,” a month-long, 700-mile immersion into the state’s nuanced and ever-changing energy landscape. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Montana and a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College.