About Me

I returned home to Montana in 2003 after a career as a newspaper reporter and journalism professor. These days I stay busy doing research on Montana history. My current focus is on early trips to Yellowstone National Park. I worked for Montana newspapers while in college at the University of Montana.MM2x3_tight_8861 After graduating, I was a reporter and editor for newspapers in Utah and Kentucky.

After earning a doctorate, I was a professor at the Universities of Wisconsin and Tennessee teaching mass media effects, public opinion, and communication research methods. My research has appeared in scholarly journals including Journalism and Mass Communications QuarterlyJournal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and Public Opinion Quarterly.

I have been researching Yellowstone National Park since in 2003 and have a collection of more than 300 first-person accounts of park travel before 1915. Globe Pequot published my books, Adventures in Yellowstone: Early Travelers Tell Their Tales, in 2009 and  The Yellowstone Stories for November 2014.

My articles on Yellowstone Park and Montana history appear in the Big Sky Journal, Montana Quarterly and the Pioneer  Museum Quarterly. I recently published Macon’t Perfect Shot, a novel for young adults about a 14-year-old boy’s adventures in Yellowstone Park in 1871

I live in Bozeman where I am a volunteer at the Gallatin History Museum. and am a member of its board. I was a reader for the Montana Book Award from 2008 to 2012 and have been a member of the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau since 2005.
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