ABC News Shines Spotlight on Montana Politics and Kalispell

By Beacon Staff

Reporters with ABC’s World News Now made a stop in Kalispell earlier this month as part of its coverage of “50 states in 50 days.”

While here, the crew talked to voters in the area, flew over Glacier National Park and stopped by the Flathead Beacon headquarters on Main Street.

Our own senior writer Dan Testa had a cameo and talked briefly about development in the area, and the crews filmed the inner-workings of our office on deadline. Open mic night at Red’s was also featured.

The story didn’t exactly run in prime time; it aired at around 4:30 a.m. Friday morning here (so we’re told. No one on our staff woke up to verify). But while ABC’s World News Now airs in the middle of the night, it is one of the smarter, more innovative newscasts on TV, and serves as a kind of training ground for the networks up-and-coming journalists. The production is top notch, and, they’ve obviously got excellent taste in choosing an area of Montana on which to focus.

The piece, “The Battle for Big Sky Country,” can be seen here.

A more in-depth look at the presidential race in Montana, with some more quotes by Dan can be seen here.

And a funny visit to Moose’s Saloon is featured here.