Cori Koenig, editor/publisher
A Montanan through and through, Cori has lived in Madison County intermittently since 1994. She spent her high school years in the beautiful Upper Ruby and graduated as a Sheridan Panther. She has been passionate about building community since her college days at Montana State University and believes there is no better place than a vibrant community paper. Cori is currently raising two little darlings with her husband and getting outside as much as possible.
1) Why do you love journalism? I love helping our communities share the stories that are important to their lives. Whether it's local government in action, a recent school board decision that affects their family, a natural resource story or a touching human interest piece, all of these stories are interwoven into the fabric of the day to day lives of our neighbors and friends. Connection and understanding are very important to me.
2) What are three of your favorite things? My family, yoga (better yet, yoga on my paddle board) and sunshine on my shoulders.
3) Favorite quote? “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”― George R.R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons
Kate Joki Rose, reporter
Kate Joki Rose was born and raised in Butte, America. After her time as a Bobcat in Bozeman her inner gypsy took her on a twenty plus year tour around the country. Kate learned about movies in Los Angeles, how to two-step in Nashville, how to appreciate coffee in Seattle and publishing in Olympia. In 2010 she returned to where she left her heart, Montana. After a few false starts throughout the state, she met her husband in Butte. Kate and Dan took over his family home in The Ruby in 2017. They live with their 2 dogs, 1 cat and future miniature donkey. (Kate is still working on Dan about that one) She has finally planted roots, but her curiosity is stronger than ever.
1) Why do you love journalism?
I have always been enamored with the written word and the power of information. Knowledge not simply in an academic sense, but in, and for, our shared experience. Understanding and, more importantly, appreciating our communities is greatly enhanced when we are aware of its character, ongoing history, and the effects each stakeholder has on it. Journalism, particularly local journalism, is one of the greatest promoters and barometers of a thriving community.
2) What are three of your favorite things? Animals, music, and morning’s first coffee. All three at the same time…perfection.
3) Favorite quote? “Everyone is given two lives. The second one begins when they realize they were only given one “. Unknown.
Liz Mannarino, reporter/sales/customer service
Liz was born in California, raised in Utah, and moved to Ennis the summer of 2021 from South Carolina with her trusty cat, Oliver by her side.
1) Why do you love journalism?
While working at the local pharmacy, I’ve fallen in love with small town life and enjoy engaging with everyone from local regulars to visitors passing through. Presenting their stories with honesty and transparency is an important service to our community.
2) What are three of your favorite things? Amongst other activities, I especially enjoy baking, cheesy sci-fi, and collecting low-maintenance house plants
3) Favorite quote? This changes from time to time and while I usually go with something silly and light-hearted, one of the more impactful quotes I’ve come across is, "Real strength has to do with helping others." – Fred Rogers.
Susanne Hill, publisher
1) Why do you love journalism? I love being a part of building community - the verb. I love knowing that the stories we publish build cohesion and trust and remind us all that we have a stake in one another as human beings. I love knowing we use our platform to passionately serve ALL of our readers. And, that the journalists who come work with our team do so because they love affecting the human condition by providing facts and truths and the tools necessary for their readers to assimilate into their own version of better living. When all of this comes together with advertising to then drive commerce within each of our wonderful communities, the work feels pretty amazing.
2) What are three of your favorite things? Cheesy Hallmark movies, fast cars and loyal friends. And horses. And ice cream and good chocolate. And loud belly laughs…
3) Favorite quote? “Vulnerability is not about fear and grief and disappointment. It’s the birthplace of everything we’re hungry for.” Brené Brown