UM, Montana Public Radio Win Regional Murrow Award for Wildfire Podcast

MISSOULA – The University of Montana College of Business and Montana Public Radio have been awarded a Regional Murrow Award for their collaboration on “Fireline,” a podcast about what wildfire means for the West, our planet and our way of life.

The Murrow awards are among the most respected awards given to journalists. Murrow Award-winning stories put public interest above all else and embody the values, principles and standards set forth by Edward R. Murrow, a journalism pioneer who set the standards for the highest quality of broadcast journalism.

The Fireline podcast logo“Fireline” is produced as a collaboration between the UM College of Business and Montana Public Radio. The podcast is hosted by Justin Angle, a UM business associate professor. It was produced by Nick Mott of the Peabody Award-winning show “Threshold” and “Richest Hill,” named one of The New Yorker's “must-listen” podcasts of 2019. Victor Yvellez served as an editor and reporter for the show.

“Winning this Regional Murrow award is a tremendous honor,” Angle said. “Our goal was to help people understand the complexity of wildfire: the effects of climate change, policy and practice, as well as leave listeners with tangible actions they can take to be a part of the solution.”

“Fireline,” a six-part series, examines the causes and consequences of the increasingly devastating wildfires burning in the U.S. It taps into the experience of firefighters on the ground, Salish and Kootenai tribal land managers bringing natural fire back to the landscape and climate scientists sounding the alarm about increasing wildfire risk.

“Fireline” will now advance to the National Murrow Award competition.

All seven episodes of Fireline can be found on or wherever podcasts are found.

The College of Business at UM has been named the top business school in the Big Sky Conference by U.S. News and World Report for six consecutive years.

Montana Public Radio is a service of UM. MTPR FM broadcast stations include 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). Visit for more Montana news, arts and music.


Contact: Justin Angle, associate professor of marketing, 206-650-5522,