Founded in 2007 and based in historic downtown Kalispell, the Flathead Beacon is an award-winning newspaper devoted to delivering thought-provoking journalism and commentary to Northwest Montana. Printed weekly and updated daily at flatheadbeacon.com, the Beacon encourages its readers to participate in discussions about their valley.
The Montana Newspaper Association has named the Flathead Beacon the state’s best large weekly six times since 2009 and the best website four times while also frequently recognizing the publication’s advertising and design excellence. The Columbia Journalism Review highlighted the newspaper and its tradition of excellence in a 2016 feature titled, “Why a Weekly Tabloid Owned by Maury Povich Might Have ‘The Best Newsroom in Montana.'” In 2014, Outside Magazine named the Flathead Beacon one of the “Best Places to Work” in the U.S.
As an active member of the community, the Flathead Beacon sponsors local events, supports numerous nonprofits through its foundation and leads a running club that hosts group runs and helps organize races.
Flathead Beacon Productions also publishes Flathead Living, an award-winning quarterly lifestyle magazine and website. In 2016, the local media company debuted Glacier Journal, an annual magazine and guidebook devoted to the Crown Jewel of the Continent.
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Kalispell, Montana 59901
The founding editor of the Flathead Beacon, Kellyn spent several years covering crime, government and social issues as a writer and editor in the Rocky Mountain region. A Spokane, Wash., native, he earned an associate’s degree in photography from Northwest College in Wyoming before graduating from the University of Montana in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Upon graduation, he covered the North Dakota Legislature for the Associated Press. He was then hired as 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.
Bob Hunt | Senior Account Executive & Distribution Manager
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. Bob has worked at the Beacon before the first issue was printed. His focus is helping area businesses grow through advertising. The Hunts have a daughter who graduated early from Glacier High School in 2015. She is currently living in Seattle.
Myers Reece | Assistant Managing Editor
Born and raised in Livingston, Montana, Myers is an original founding member of the Flathead Beacon, previously serving as senior writer and now as assistant managing editor. He is also managing editor of the Beacon’s quarterly magazine, Flathead Living. His writing has won numerous awards and has been featured in two anthologies. His journalism, essays and fiction have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country, including Condé Nast Traveler, The Drake, Hatch Magazine, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Flyfisher, Big Sky Journal, Montana Quarterly, Whitefish Review and more. He lives in Kalispell with his wife, two sons and loyal yellow Labrador retriever.
Tristan Scott was raised in Minnesota and moved to Missoula in 2003 to pursue a degree in journalism at the University of Montana. In 2005 he began covering cops and courts for the daily Missoulian newspaper and in 2010 he moved to Whitefish as the Missoulian’s Flathead Valley bureau chief, covering enterprise stories throughout the region. In 2013, he joined the Flathead Beacon’s staff as senior writer. He has garnered numerous awards, including recognition by the Society of Professional Journalists for his coverage of prescription drug abuse in Montana. He has provided commentary and analysis on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” Montana Public Radio and “Democracy Now!”
Justin Franz was born and raised in New England but has been wandering the West for the last few years, graduating from the University of Montana in 2011 with a degree in journalism. After graduating, he was an intern at the Flathead Beacon and just never left. Today he's a full-time staff writer covering a gamut of issues, particularly in Northwest Montana's rural communities. While Justin enjoys hiking, skiing and camping, he also loves to nerd out on history, especially transportation history, which is why the number of stories about Glacier's Red Buses and trains has increased 10-fold since his arrival at the Beacon.
Andy made his way to journalism after more than a decade working in college and professional sports, most recently as the president and general manager of the Schaumburg Boomers, a minor league baseball team just outside Chicago. He and his wife, Rachel, left city life behind in 2015 and now spend their time exploring the great outdoors with their two dogs, learning how to do all the things they missed out on growing up in the Midwest. Andy covers local sports and writes features for the Beacon, and also manages the Editor’s Club, which you should have already joined before reading this bio.
Maggie has slowly migrated north to the Flathead since she moved to Montana. She most recently came from Missoula, where she finished her journalism degree at the University of Montana in 2018. She wrote for Bugle Magazine in the beginning stages of her career and then was was the sole reporter for the Mineral Independent, where she covered the entire county just west of Missoula. In the winter, she can be found skiing anywhere there's snow and mountain biking the trails in the summer.
Hunter D’Antuono grew up in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Montana in 2014. He shot, wrote and designed for several Montana publications before becoming the Beacon’s media director in 2019. He keeps a camera handy on and off the clock. When not on assignment, you’ll find Hunter enjoying the water — drifting across it in the warmer months and carving through it during the colder ones.
Nic Headlee is a native Montanan and a University of Montana graduate. He began working with the Flathead Beacon with the desire to help local businesses successfully market themselves. He has extensive digital marketing knowledge as well as several years of traditional advertising experience. When he is not building websites he can be found hiking to the top of mountain peaks in Glacier National Park or skiing powder in the Hellroaring Basin at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Meghan moved from the Chicago area to the Flathead Valley in 2003. She’s always loved going on hikes in Glacier National Park, snowboarding and playing sports. Rain, snow or shine, she’s always excited about what’s going on outside. She later moved to Missoula to go back to school. Not sure of what to study, she started working at a local news station as a control operator and camera operator. From there, she found a love for journalism, changing her degree to that study and eventually finding herself on-air talking about the weather. Besides going on hikes or snowboarding, you can find her on the lake and always having a good time.
David Clawson was raised in the Flathead Valley and graduated from the University of Montana in 2011. After graduation, he spent time selling insurance in Denver, Colorado, before moving back to the valley. David has been in sales at the Beacon since July 2015. When he is not at work, he can be found on the golf course or enjoying some sunshine on the lake.
Andrew is a native Montanan who grew up in and around the Flathead Valley. He spent some time in the Pacific Northwest, but he returned home in 2015 with his wife Brittany to build their home and enjoy all that Northwest Montana has to offer. With a long work history comprised of project management and sales, paired with a superhero level of determination, he is a perfect fit at the Flathead Beacon. When he isn’t at the Beacon, he’s probably designing puzzles, or getting together with friends and family to play board games!
Randy Gilpin now calls Kalispell his adoptive home after a professional job transfer from his hometown of The Dalles, Oregon in the Columbia Gorge. Randy has more than 20 years of experience helping small and medium businesses grow through advertising, including print, online and social media. Randy is active in the community and is involved in youth sports, the chamber of commerce, biz-to-biz organizations and his local church. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoys archery hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking, coaching football, working out at the gym and hanging out with friends and family. He’s a proud father of four adult children all raised in the Flathead Valley. A self-described “people person,” he loves to network with just about everyone.
Art director Steve Larson brings more than a decade of experience to the Beacon Creative team. He has developed a wide range of skills designing branding packages, event promotional materials, business collateral, magazines, illustrations and websites. Steve is originally from Minnesota and his experiences visiting the Rocky Mountains as a kid inspired his move to Vail, Colo., where he lived for eight years. He has lived in Whitefish since 2010. When Steve isn’t working, you can find him exploring Glacier National Park or seeking fresh powder turns.
Dwayne Harris has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and comic book artist for more than 20 years. After spending five years as a designer for the Kansas City Star, Dwayne embarked on a freelance career as an illustrator, working for several publishers on a wide variety of properties, including “Game of Thrones.” His first published comic appeared in Heavy Metal magazine. Next came “Warhammer: Crown of Destruction,” a miniseries he drew for Boom Comics. A writer as well, Dwayne wrote and drew “Black Powder” for Asylum Press, as well as “Amnesia” and “John Henry: The Steam Age,” both for Arcana. His latest graphic novel, “Head Smash,” drawn for Vladar Films and Arcana, is now in development to be released as a film in 2015. He now divides his time between the Flathead Beacon and his freelance projects.
Clare is a New Hampshire native and recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied philosophy. She loves to write and explore, and it makes her especially happy to combine the two. Before moving to the Flathead to work for the paper as an intern, she cut her teeth as a writer for a ski magazine. Clare joined the Beacon in 2015, where she now splits her time between writing stories for Flathead Living magazine and expanding its web content, reporting for the newspaper, and copywriting.