Brie Ripley

All Things Considered Host

After working as an independent producer in Seattle, Brie Ripley moved to Montana to be closer to family. When her focus isn't on radio, she's paying attention to the hum of mountains, badlands and prairies. She joined the YPR news team in October 2016.

Email her:   brie@ypradio.org
Follow her on Twitter:  @brieripley

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The Billings Police Department is gaging the interest of Downtown Billings business owners and supporters for a Seattle-based program that provides safe havens for the LGBTQ community. 

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Montanans are not the only ones interested in the upcoming special election. BuzzFeed Senior Culture Writer Anne Helen Petersen recently wrote about what the nation ought to learn from the race to fill the state's lone House seat. She’s joined in conversation by YPR’s Brie Ripley.

  

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains

The only Planned Parenthood in Wyoming is closing its doors after 40 years of operation for financial reasons.


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For the first time in 130 years, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe welcomed a newborn baby bison on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming.

The cute calf with high spiritual importance to the Eastern Shoshone was nearly eradicated by white settlers in the 19th century—so this spring birth marks a new approach and celebration of restorative justice.

Courtesy Sen. Steve Daines
Courtesy Sen. Steve Daines

U.S. Justice Department data shows Native women are 10 times as likely to be murdered as other Americans. They’re four times as likely to be raped or sexually assaulted. Yellowstone Public Radio's Brie Ripley and Montana Public Radio's Edward O'Brien report. 

Photo Courtesy of Chuck Tingle

An author who claims Billings as home has a cult-like following in the tens of thousands online for his absurd takes on current events.

While you may not have heard of the Tingler phenomenon, this guy is more than just online. YPR's Brie Ripley set out to unmask the author and figure out what the point is of the tangled web he weaves.


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The ACLU Montana is investigating a human rights complaint at Montana State University-Northern in Havre. The Sweetgrass Society, a Native American student group, says there’s a deeper issue on campus—and it's been going on for months.

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After months of drafting and amending, the Associated Students of the University of Wyoming passed a much debated resolution to fly a flag symbolizing LGBTQ visibility, strength and allyship.

ASUW Vice President Tyler Wolfgang got the idea to fly the flag on campus after a gunman opened fire at a LGBTQ nightclub in Florida and killed 49 people last summer.

"I felt trapped in Laramie working in ASUW when there was no one in the community talking about what happened in Orlando," said Wolfgang. "So I felt that a significant way of showing solidarity and inclusion for the LGBTQ  community during Pride Month—which is in June—in Laramie was well needed."

MSU Billings

The last time Abenayaa (Abena) Lane was told to return to her "home country" was just before the presidential election in the fall.

She was shopping at a Walmart in Billings while wearing a head scarf, her hijab, when someone told her that when Trump becomes president, she will need to leave the Big Sky State.

Lane is a soldier in the U.S. Army studying sociology and criminal justice at MSU Billings. She told YPR’s Brie Ripley about one of the first times she felt unwanted in America for being Muslim. 


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The Northern Cheyenne tribe, along with a coalition of conservation groups, sued the Trump administration Wednesday for lifting a moratorium on coal leases on public lands.

The southeastern Montana tribe filed the lawsuit in response to Interior Secretary Zinke’s decision to lift the moratorium on coal leasing.

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