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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25-years-ago, a New York Times reporter traveled to Montana to interview Gwen Kircher for a story on race in America.

Based on award winning journalist Dirk Johnson's original article, and in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, YPR's Brie Ripley shares this audio postcard on what life's like, presently, for a black woman in a predominately white state.


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Washington state is refusing to allow its aquatic lands to be used for a major coal-export terminal along the Columbia River.

Outgoing Washington Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark announced Tuesday that he has rejected a request from Northwest Alloys to sublease the state’s aquatic lands to Millennium Bulk Terminals for the coal-export terminal

The denial of the land sublease is a critical blow to the proposed coal port in Longview, Washington, which would mean 16 additional mile-and-a-half-long coal trains per day rolling through Montana and Wyoming on their way to the coast.


University of Montana

University of Montana’s longest serving president, George Dennison, died today at age 81.

Dennison retired from the university in 2010 after serving as president for 20 years — the longest tenure of any UM president.

To listen to the full-length version of his speech, featured in the audio clip below, click here.


The 2017 legislative session convenes Jan. 1, 2016 in Helena with several proposals on the docket related to Montana wildlands. YPR's Brie Ripley spoke with Eastern Field Director of the Montana Wilderness Association, Charlie Smillie, about the most important issue on his mind.


Federal land managers say at least six sites within Montana's Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument should be eligible for listing as historic places.

The sites were evaluated after a federal court determined the U.S. Bureau of Land Management designated hundreds of miles of roads within the monument without reviewing the potential impacts to historical resources.


(Courtesy of Brie Ripley)

Sometimes they're on the streets.
Sometimes they live out of a car.

Other time's it's motel rooms,
shelters, or sheds.

As of Dec. 15, Billings School District 2 identified 385 homeless youth. They are the kids Operation Billings Child aim to serve.


Caitlin Cromwell

23 year-old Billings artist Phil Griffin went to Standing Rock from the standpoint of someone concerned over human-caused climate change. Upon arrival, however, Griffin soon learned more about himself and his blind spot for his own white privilege.


(Photo courtesy of Mary Hernandez)

Billings Gazette editor Darrell Ehrlick was raised Methodist, studied religion as an undergraduate, then attended seminary. Now he's Muslim. YPR's Brie Ripley spoke with Ehrlick about why he took pen to his opinion column to announce his decision to convert.


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A Helena judge ruled that medical marijuana providers can accept more than three-patients immediately rather than waiting six more months for the initiative to take effect. 

The Montana Medical Marijuana Initiative approved in November was a victory for people like Katie Wetch, who endure chronic pain.


Hatred is a learned behavior. Racism is a learned behavior. 
How do we instead teach our children to love, empathize, and include?

The Montana Racial Equity Project is hosting a series of free workshops in Bozeman Monday, November 28, to teach parents how to talk to their children about race.


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