Montana Free Press is an independent, nonprofit source for in-depth Montana news, information, and analysis. Its mission is to produce in-depth public service journalism that creates positive change and helps move society toward justice and equity.

Montana Free Press has developed a strong reputation for statehouse coverage, investigations and data journalism in a state with otherwise minimal local newsgathering resources, and the newsroom has begun to delve into service coverage informed by community information needs.

With support from the American Journalism Project, Montana Free Press aims to become the largest civic news organization for the state, expanding statewide beat coverage and building infrastructure to grow local civic reporting in communities across Montana.


  • John Adams, Montana Free Press
    John Adams is the founder of Montana Free Press and is a veteran award-winning investigative and political reporter. John was formerly the capital bureau chief of the Great Falls Tribune and a correspondent for USA TODAY. John is known as a dogged investigator and is the host of the MT Lowdown podcast, whose unbiased reporting has changed the shape of Montana politics.
  • Brad Tyer, Montana Free Press
    Brad Tyer edited the Missoula Independent from 2002 to 2007 and again from 2016 to 2018. He has also done two stints as managing editor of the Texas Observer in addition to freelance work published in the Los Angeles Review of Books, High Country News and other publications. He was a 2010 Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan and a 2011 Fund for Investigative Journalism grant recipient.
  • Kristin Tessman, Montana Free Press
    Kristin Tessman is the Deputy Director at Montana Free Press. Before joining MTFP, Kristin was the Executive Director of AJAY MT and brings with her fundraising, program development and nonprofit management experience. Kristin was born and raised in the southeast and earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia.