emilie1The Basics

Strategic Communications | Public Relations Specialist | Multimedia Storyteller | Speech Writer | Rapid-Response Communications Specialist | Writer | Editor | Researcher | Social Media Strategist | Content Planner + Curator | Data Analyst + Visual Creator | Brand Developer | Digital Media Specialist | Voice Over + On-Camera Talent

Professional Experience

Communications Director | Montana Department of Commerce 

January 2017-Present 

I direct strategic internal and external communications for the Montana Department of Commerce which includes business development, tourism marketing, film promotion, affordable housing, and community development divisions. I lead a four-person team as we amplify the mission of Commerce’s work through earned media, events, multi-media storytelling, digital and social media channels, paid media, and stakeholder communications.

Communications Director | Montana Office of Public Instruction 

May 2015-December 2016

I direct strategic external and internal communications at the 200-person state agency that oversees all K-12 public schools in the state of Montana. I manage and implement the day-to-day external communications strategy for the agency which includes press events, press releases, social media content, web and blog content. I develop multimedia communications tools for Superintendent Denise Juneau’s signature initiatives such as Graduation Matters Montana, Schools of Promise, and Attendance Matters. This work has resulted in international and national media attention, elevating the excellent work of Montana’s public schools and making our state a leader in public education. Internally, I’ve developed an agency branding guide and social media pitch process to better unify the OPI’s communications channels which has resulted in increased participation and managed messaging.

Communications | Denise Juneau for Congress

Oct. 2015-Nov. 2016

In Oct. 2015, I launched Denise Juneau’s campaign for Congress, building and populating a website, creating social media channels, and developing strategic messaging. During the last 12 months I worked in collaboration with the campaign’s consulting team to implement a campaign strategy focused on Denise’s priorities of putting Montana’s people, land and economy first. This included organizing regular press events, developing policy priorities, press releases, speeches, debate prep materials, and rapid-response communications. It also included developing talking points for partner organizations and validators who I worked with to amplify the campaign’s strategy. In less than a year, I grew Denise’s social media audience by nearly 400 percent by developing shareable, compelling content.

Digital Content Coordinator | Boise State Public Radio

August 2013-May 2015

I manage Boise State Public Radio’s digital content, shaping the job into an awesome mix of journalism, editing, marketing and strategy. I work across radio, digital and print platforms with a focus on creating data-driven, shareable stories. I’ve created, and am implementing, the station’s social media strategy to recruit a whole new generation of public radio fans. In just one year, I lead an 84 percent increase in the station’s web traffic. I produce the station’s monthly newsletter, write and edit external press releases from station leadership, and train staff on multimedia best-practices. Plus, I’m still reporting in-depth enterprising radio and web features.

Multimedia Journalist | NPR StateImpact Idaho/Boise State Public Radio

September 2011-August 2013

StateImpact Idaho was a data-driven reporting collaboration between National Public Radio and Boise State Public Radio. Our focus was on telling personal stories about how government policy and the economy affect real lives. Idaho was one of eight pilot states in the StateImpact network.  Over the two-year pilot, I built a brand, a website and an audience at the same time I reported daily stories and long-term in-depth radio pieces.

Capitol Bureau Chief | Montana Public Radio 

May 2008-September 2011

Based at the State Capitol, I filed daily stories on Montana politics, government, education and the economy. I reported, wrote, edited and produced a three to four minute news story every day. I frequently traveled around central and western Montana to provide in-depth coverage for our listeners. I often freelanced for National Public RadioNational Native News and Reuters. I also created and implemented MTPR’s social media strategy and was responsible for maintaining our various social sites.

Senior Fellow | NPR Economic Training Program

2009, 2010 

I was one of 20 affiliate station reporters chosen to spend a week at NPR West in an intensive training program learning to cover the economy in the summer of 2009. For twelve weeks I worked with an NPR editor on regional economic stories that aired on Montana Public Radio. During the spring of 2010 I was one of eight chosen to be a Senior Fellow in a second round of training.

Producer & Anchor | KVEW-TV ABC 42                              

October 2007-May 2008

I produced three evening newscasts for the ABC affiliate in Kennewick, WA. Responsible for stacking the show, writing, reporting and working with the news team in a split market to create a cohesive and informative product. I also produced and anchored a live noon webcast and served as a fill in anchor and reporter for our nightly shows.

Intern | CBS Sunday Morning

Summer 2007

I had a very hands-on experience assisting producers for ten weeks on the award winning show CBS Sunday Morning. I was as an assistant producer for several stories, researched, searched archival film, logged tape, and assisted producers on field shoots.


University of Montana | BA-Journalism           

Graduated in May of 2007 with a minor in Political Science

Favorite Tools

Marantz Flash Drive, Final Cut Pro Editing, Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere Pro, Lexis-Nexis, iNews, Microsoft Office Suite, Photoshop, Nikon D5000 Digital SLR Camera, WordPress, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Google Fusion Maps, Google Analytics, Core Publisher (Drupal 7) , HTML, Soundcloud, Storify, Piktochart, Canva