Best Newscast 



Although John Engen is officially the mayor of Missoula, this is Jill Valley’s town. For as long as we can remember she’s been the granite boulder in the stream of the KPAX news desk while others have flowed around her over the years. She’s everyone’s best friend, and in many ways, Missoula’s soul. She overcame breast cancer a few years ago in a very public battle that featured an appearance—chemo bald and looking fabulous—in front of a stadium full of roaring fans during halftime at a Griz game. Valley is surrounded these days by a tight-knit band of cohorts in the KPAX newsroom, sharing screen time with affable sports guy Derek Buerkle, broadcast vet Dennis Bragg and the one-two punch of meteorologist Erin Yost and her ever-witty weekend forecaster Russ Thomas. KPAX kpax.com

Finalists, Best TV Newscast

2. KECInbcmontana.com/keci

3. ABC FOX abcfoxmontana.com


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