MTPR News Announces New Leader

MISSOULA – After a long national search, Montana Public Radio Capitol correspondent Corin Cates-Carney was hired as the new news director at Montana Public Radio. Cates-Carney has served as interim news director since Eric Whitney left MTPR to take a job as a regional editor with NPR.

“My journalism career to this point has focused on telling stories about this place and the people who live here,” Cates-Carney said. “I consider it a great privilege to continue to do so as Montana Public Radio’s news director.”

Cates-Carney began his MTPR career as a Flathead Valley reporter in 2015 before becoming the Capitol Bureau chief in 2016. He’s an alumnus of the University of Montana School of Journalism, interned with NPR and has won national awards and fellowships.

“I’m happy that we found our new leader in our own newsroom,” MTPR general manager Ray Ekness said. “Corin has a lot of energy and good ideas that will move our news coverage forward.”

 “I believe public radio is one of the best ways to share voices and perspectives of people our listeners wouldn’t otherwise meet,” Cates-Carney said. “I look forward to hearing from our listeners about the stories and issues that are important to them.”

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 and 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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Contact: Corin Cates-Carney, MTPR news director, 406-243-4931,