Susanne was born and raised in Sheridan, Mont., and later attended Montana State University. After a diverse career spanning sales, non-profit management and vocational rehabilitation, Susanne returned to Southwest Montana and became involved in local community journalism. Since 2011, she has enjoyed seeing this expanding family of newspapers—and the communities they serve—evolve and thrive, and she’s grateful to be a part of such collaborative, talented and committed teams. Susanne and her husband, Matt, enjoy discovering new people, places and things together, along with Murphy the dog and their three horses, Chickie, Boone and Mattie Mae.
Likes: Loyal friends, horses, fast cars.
Dislikes: Yoga, leftovers, sci-fi movies.
Erin, a sixth generation Montanan, fell into publishing newspapers by chance. A graphic designer by trade, she was asked to work at her local newspaper, The Madisonian, in January of 2012. She fell in love with the business and soon, along with her co-worker Susanne Hill, was lucky enough to purchase The Madisonian by the end of 2012. Since then, she and Susanne have opened a weekly newspaper in West Yellowstone (West Yellowstone Star, est. 2016) and now have had the pleasure of reviving the Lone Peak Lookout. When not obsessing over the papers, Erin obsesses over her two kids Harper and Jack, and wouldn’t have it any other way. Erin loves live music, the outdoors, cross-country skiing, avocados, hot dogs and going on adventures with her husband Chris and their little family of four.
Likes: Live music, OUTSIDE, Cross-country skiing, hot dogs, documentaries.
Dislikes: Peer pressure, leftovers, pickles.
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Jolene discovered her love of the mountains while travelling during her journalism school days at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She packed up her VW and relocated to Big Sky in 2008, never looking back. After enjoying the “ski bum” lifestyle for a year or so she landed the reporter job at the Lone Peak Lookout where she stayed for five years before trying her hand at a few other jobs around Big Sky, eventually returning as the reporter for the Lookout in December 2017. When not covering Big Sky’s latest, you can find her with her husband, Mike, and fur babies Molly the basset hound and Mabel the vizsla.
UPDATE: Sweet baby James Atlas Palmer was born to Jolene and Mike on April 11!
Likes: cheese, traveling, photography. Dislikes: Black licorice, being late, running out of cheese.