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Contact: 406.581.1927 janieo@montana.com

My experience with covering the West began over twenty years ago when I published/edited

an alternative newspaper in Bozeman, Montana called "The Tributary." At the time, Montana was in the infancy of population growth, and we were conducting - and photographing - roundtable interviews with city officials on topics like: Should we allow "big box" stores to come to town?

 

Today, a photojournalist, I am still based in Bozeman (with a family), and continue to cover the West, but now I am delving into projects that explore the complexities of life in a rural mountain state. Some of my recent work has focused on the population boom in Montana and its consequent issues: displacement and homelessness, the housing crisis, the influx of ultra wealth and the strain on natural resources. I also remain focused on other important topics ranging from the vitality of our LBGTQ community to political races and rallies to landmark journalism about the historic flooding of Yellowstone National Park. Finally, I hope my travel assignments communicate my love for Montana and the West; in large part, this work is about capturing the beauty and authenticity of a changing landscape to inspire preservation.  

On the resume side of photojournalism: I have freelanced for The New York Times for over 15 years. My work has also been published by titles such as The New York Times Magazine, the ACLU, Montana ACLU, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR, NBC News, Travel + Leisure, Associated Press and others (links to feature stories at bottom).

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Recent feature stories:

American Prairie, A Vast Nature Preserve, "2023 52 Places To Go," writer + photographer, The New York Times, 2023

"In Montana, An Avalanche of Wealth is Displacing Workers," In These Times, 2023 (Print edition is available, online link forthcoming)

“Residents of Gardiner, Mont. Brace For Struggle After a Flood..." The Wall Street Journal, 2022

"Yellowstone Gets a Lifeline After Flood With Revamped Historic Road," The Wall Street Journal, 2022

“Yellowstone Gets a New Road After Summer Flood..." The Wall Street Journal, 2022

“They Tried to Shut Down Drag Story Hour. A Montana bookstore fought back," The Guardian, 2022

"How Cash-Strapped Schools are Benefitting From the Sun," The New York Times, 2022

"The World Through a Lens," The New York Times, writer + photographer, 2022

"Big Sky is Sprawling, Luxurious and Pricey, "The New York Times, 2022

"Bozeman Landlords Putting Community Before Raising Rents," writer + photographer,  Montana FP, 2022

"Montana's Most In-Demand Kitchen is Run by Refugees," The New York Times, 2022

“Who can afford to live in the American West when locals can't?" The Guardian, 2021

"The World Through a Lens," The New York Times, writer + photographer, 2020

"Pandemic Crowds Bring Rivergeddon to Montana,"The New York Times, 2020

“Senator Jon Tester Walks Solid Blue Line in Solid Red Montana," The Wall Street Journal, 2021

"Senator Jon Tester Wants Democrats to Fight for Rural America," The Wall Street Journal,2020

“Voices From the Front Lines of America's Food Supply," The New York Times, 2021

“My Beloved College Town Has a Problem," The New York Times, 2021

“Jobless, Selling Nudes Online and Still Struggling," The New York Times, 2021

“Wildland Firefighters are Depending on GoFundMe to Survive," BuzzFeed News, 2021

"Steven Rinella of Netflix's MeatEater," The Wall Street Journal,2020

"Is The Cure for Covid in the Rocky Mountains?", The New York Times, 2020

"What It's Like to Run a Rural State During a Pandemic," The New York Times, 2020

"The Future of Travel," The New York Times, 2020

"A Shortage of Steak?," The New York Times, 2020

"A Once-Powerful Mining Town Awaits Final Cleanup," The Washington Post, 2020

"52 Places to Go in 2020, Glacier National Park," The New York Times, 2020

"Let the Stream Run Through It," The New York Times, 2018

"Oksana Masters's Road from a Ukrainian Orphanage to Paralympic Stardom," NYT,2018

"In North Dakota, Boom, Bust and Oil," The New York Times, 2015

“Can Montana’s Smith River Survive a Nearby Mine?” The New York Times, 2015

"On the Trail of Nabokov in the American West," The New York Times, 2016

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