The Missoula Current began in 2015 as a daily news journal. It was founded on the belief that local news matters. The greater Missoula region needed more reporting, more perspectives and more journalistic competition.
As part of its mission, the Missoula Current focuses on business and the environment, local and state government, Montana’s congressional delegation, and the region’s rapid growth and development. Our team is deeply ingrained in the Missoula community and has been for years. We look to provide readers with a full and accurate picture of what’s going on across Missoula and the Northern Rockies. And we do it for free.
To fund the Missoula Current and is related publications, including Montana Today and Missoula Business Weekly, we rely on the support of our advertising sponsors and contributions from our readers. If you’re interested in partnering with the Missoula Current, contact our publisher, Lisa Vachio, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-493-6296.
Publisher: Lisa Vachio; email@example.com or 406-493-6296
Editor: Martin Kidston; firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-830-5035
Government Reporter: Martin Kidston; email@example.com or 406-830-5035
Business Reporter: Renata Birkenbuel; firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-565-0013
Environmental Reporter: Laura Lundquist; email@example.com or 406-274-2426
Letters to the editor can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and press releases can be submitted to email@example.com
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2935, Missoula, MT 59806, Physical Address: 1100 W Kent Ave, Missoula, MT 59801
Meet our Team
Martin Kidston, Founding Editor
A Colorado native and non-fiction author, Martin moved to Montana in 1994 after serving in the Marine Corps, including the first Gulf War. A graduate of the University of Montana, he went to work in the newspaper industry in 1998 and spent 17 years with Lee Enterprises, reporting in Montana and Wyoming with the Billings Gazette and Missoulian newspapers. He launched the Missoula Current in December 2015 and spends his free time on his paddle board, hiking and dabbling as an artist. Martin can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-830-5035.
Lisa Vachio, Publisher
Lisa Vachio is a Missoula business owner who relocated from Oregon to Montana in 1995. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business in 1989 and has been self employed for more than 20 years. In addition to her business endeavors, Lisa is passionate about her involvement in the Missoula community and is active in several organizations, including the Missoula Businesswomen’s Network, Missoula Community Theater and Hellgate Lacrosse. Lisa enjoys spending her free time with friends and family, and indulging in Missoula’s recreation and cultural offerings. Lisa can be contacted at email@example.com or 406-493-6296.
Sherry Devlin, Reporter
Sherry Devlin is a longtime Montana journalist, having worked as the Missoulian’s natural resources reporter for 25 years, then a dozen years as the newspaper’s city editor and editor-in-chief. Her career also included stints reporting for the Spokesman-Review and Chronicle in Spokane, Wash.; the Associated Press in Spokane; the Longmont (Colorado) Daily Times-Call; and the Summit County Journal in Breckenridge, Colorado. She has a bachelor of science degree in news-editorial journalism from the University of Colorado, and has taught reporting and advanced reporting for the University of Montana School of Journalism.
Laura Lundquist, Reporter
After stints as an Air Force and airline pilot, Laura Lundquist yearned to return to her home state of Montana. With her engineering and biology background, she landed in Missoula in 2001 and got a job with an environmental consulting company but was laid off during the economic downturn in 2008. A friend recommended the University of Montana environmental journalism master’s program. Since graduating in 2010, Laura has covered the environmental beat in Twin Falls, Idaho, and Bozeman, in addition to a year of a court reporting in Hamilton. Laura spends her free time playing music and exploring Montana’s mountains and rivers. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 406-274-2426.
Originally a sports writer at the Missoulian and Great Falls Tribune, Renata Birkenbuel is a Cascade/Ulm/Great Falls native who recently covered higher education, K-12 education, business and general assignment at The Montana Standard after juggling careers with caregiving for family members. Formerly a versatile freelance journalist in Seattle and Montana, she is a University of Montana School of Journalism graduate and has a master’s degree in education. She teaches college writing whenever possible and previously coached basketball in the Missoula area. A dog lover, punster, funster and Lady Griz/Griz supporter, she’s elated to be back in Missoula.
William Muñoz, Photo Journalist
William Muñoz has photographically illustrated over 100 children’s book in collaboration with author Dorothy Patent. In addition to these, he has exhibited his fine arts prints at fairs across the country. For the past decade, he has been photographing dance for the Dance Department at the University of Montana. This, and more recently his pursuit of music concerts in the Missoula area, is a result of his passion capturing motion.