To publish a multimedia-driven and truly independent news source; a medium where everyone who wants a voice, has one. To approach journalism armed with curiosity and even hands, reflecting the values ingrained in Western Montana.
The Flathead Beacon is devoted to delivering thought-provoking news and commentary to the greater Flathead Valley. Printed every week in tabloid form and updated daily at flatheadbeacon.com, the Beacon encourages its readers to participate in discussions about their valley.
The Beacon is a news source, in the traditional sense. Yet our seasoned journalists are asked to turn the prism when a story breaks, look at another angle and write stories that provide answers instead of pose questions. The print newspaper includes original in-depth coverage, analysis and commentary that matter to Flathead Valley residents.
More innovative is our approach to our website. By arming our staff with the latest in audio and video technology, flatheadbeacon.com is a unique platform and an equal partner to the print edition, not an afterthought. Flatheadbeacon.com is home to original stories, citizen-hosted blogs, multimedia presentations and more.
The Flathead Beacon is funded by television personality and 10-year Flathead Valley resident Maury Povich.
All stories and images are protected under copyright by the Flathead Beacon or affiliated persons and organizations.
The Beacon is headquartered in historic downtown Kalispell.
Kellyn is a University of Montana graduate who has spent the last several years covering crime, government and social issues as a writer and editor in the Rocky Mountain region. Upon graduating from UM in 2002, he was hired by The Associated Press to cover the North Dakota Legislature. He was then a crime reporter at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and won two regional awards for investigative reporting. Kellyn was the city editor and a weekly columnist at the Chronicle before taking the job as editor in chief at the Flathead Beacon. In 2009, he received a first-place award for column writing from the Montana Newspaper Association.
Molly Priddy is a recent graduate from the University of Montana, receiving a master's degree in print journalism in the spring of 2009. She covered the 61st session of the Montana Legislature as part of her degree, writing for daily and weekly newspapers throughout the state. She also reported for The Billings Gazette in the summer of 2008 and at the Queen City News in Helena in 2007. Molly graduated from Carroll College in Helena in 2007 with a degree in communication studies and a degree in public relations. She was born and raised in Missoula.
Dillon was born and raised in Missoula, the oldest son of a printer and librarian. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Montana in 2008. Out of college he was hired as a sportswriter at the Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell where he worked for almost three years and won a first-place award for feature writing and second place for event coverage. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Montana Magazine, NewWest.net and Missoula Independent.
Justin was born and raised in Maine and graduated from the University of Montana's School of Journalism in 2011. While in Missoula, he worked as a reporter and news editor for the student newspaper, the Montana Kaimin. There he wrote a feature story about student soldiers returning from Iraq with post-traumatic stress disorder, which went on to win awards from both the Hearst Journalism Awards Program and the Society of Professional Journalist. He worked for Maine Magazine and Maine Home and Design during the summer of 2010. His work has also appeared at NewWest.net, PatchworkNation.org and Trains Magazine.
Lance was born in Ohio and partially grew up in Florida. He graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio. For 13 years he worked for a few different scuba diving magazines but his love of mountains took him to Colorado where he worked in Vail until July 2009 when he joined the Beacon team. Lance has been married to his wife, Melissa, for 18 years and they have four kids, ages 11, 9, 7 and 2.
Melanie is an Arizona State University alumnus with a bachelor's degree in business, majoring in accountancy. She loves the Flathead for its natural beauty all seasons. She is blessed with two wonderful children. As a family, they enjoy golfing, camping skiing and generally being outdoors.
Growing up in Minnesota, Steve spent most of his time fishing and waterskiing in the summer, and snowboarding in the winter. Steve's first powder day was at Big Mountain during a high school trip out west. He competed in amateur USASA snowboard racing and ended up at the Vail Daily in Colorado after graduating with a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Steve worked with the Vail Daily as a graphic designer on both the advertising and editorial sides of the business for eight years. In his time there, he received four design awards with the Colorado Press Association including Best Special Section and Best Feature Page Design. In January 2010, Steve joined the Beacon team and can be found seeking powder stashes at Whitefish Mountain Resort or hiking Glacier National Park in his spare time.
A classically trained artist with a bachelor of fine arts in oil painting, Dwayne's work now combines a fine art sensibility with the infinite possibilities of the digital realm. In his career to date he has completed numerous illustrations for books, magazines, album covers, games and comics. In 2001 he was a winner of the Bridge Publications Illustrators of the Future Contest. In 2006 he was included in "Spectrum," an annual collection of the year's best fantastic illustration. In 2008 Dwayne drew the four-issue comic series "Warhammer: Crown of Destruction." He now divides his time between the Flathead Beacon and his own creator-owned comic projects.
Bob Hunt earned his communications degree from Muskingum College in Ohio. He then worked at several newspapers, including the Racine (Wisconsin) Journal Times, Kewanee (Illinois) Star Courier and the Helena Independent Record. In Helena, Bob met his wife and the couple moved to Kalispell to ski and enjoy the mountain lifestyle. Living in the West Valley for over 20 years, Bob was a Realtor and small-business owner before joining the Beacon. Hunt was on board at the Beacon before the first issue printed. His focus is marketing and helping area businesses grow through advertising. The Hunts have a teenage daughter who will be attending Glacier High School, class of 2014.
Kelly is a Flathead Valley native with 12 years of experience in print advertising sales and over 22 years of sales experience and training. She is an active member of the community through various local organizations, including Leadership Flathead's class of 2008, Biz to Biz Inc. and current Vice President of Lakeside/Somers PTA. Her spare time is spent enjoying kids' activities, golfing, skiing and boating around Flathead Lake.
Matt is a native of Seattle and has resided in the Flathead Valley for six years. He worked at his father's high-end remodeling firm in Seattle and when he moved to the valley he started Madrona Park Builders, which was successful until the economic downturn. His past sales experience has been quite beneficial in his new career at the Beacon. Matt's interests include politics, golf, movies and watching the Seahawks on Sundays. He has an adorable young son named Owen.
Sean was born and raised in Seattle before moving to Kalispell with his family in 1985. He went on to graduate with honors from Flathead high school in 1989. Sean has an extensive background in sales with 20-plus years of experience. He began in the magazine business, then became a District Manager for Combined Insurance Company before moving on as a top collector for Ameriquest Recovery Services and CreditMax, LLC. Sean also worked as a retail salesman for Sleep City USA and has owned and operated his own magazine sales company. He most recently was a fundraiser for local non-profit organizations prior to joining the Flathead Beacon. Sean has three children who live in the Flathead Valley and attend FHS as well as a two year old daughter with his wife, Kari. Sean enjoys fly fishing, golfing, billiards, skiing, UFC, Texas Hold 'Em and a multitude of outdoor activities.
Meredith received her bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University where she studied English, art history and interior design. She then lived in San Diego for six years and earned her master's of architecture from the Newschool of Architecture and Design. In San Diego, Meredith worked for various firms, including HOK S+V+E (now Populous), which designed and built the Padres' baseball stadium, Petco Park. Meredith moved to the Flathead Valley in 2006 and lives in Lakeside with her husband Cory, two sons Eli and Easton, and their two labs Hurley and Louise. Meredith enjoys travel of any kind, beating her husband at golf, most sports and has diversified cultural and recreational interests.
Nic is a Montana native having been born in Havre, MT. When Nic was two, his parents relocated to Missoula. With a passion for Montana, he decided to stay in Missoula to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business, majoring in marketing with an emphasis on Internet marketing. During his time at the University of Montana, he also received a minor in media arts and an entertainment management certificate. Nic loves to spend his free time skiing, riding his mountain bike, and playing guitar. You will see him at the front of the stage whenever there is live music or in the trees "shredding the gnarr" on a good powder day.