Our Team


Hannah Kearse, reporter 


1) Why do you love journalism? I love journalism because it reveals different perspectives, realities, joys and horrors of life.

2) What are three of your favorite things? Exploring the outdoors, laughing and conversations. 

3) Favorite quote? "Once in a while you get shown in the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right." The Grateful Dead



Keely Larson, staff reporter, customer service, social media


1) Why do you love journalism? I find great value in seeing any and all sides of a story and opening others' minds to the idea that one explanation may not always be the perfect fit. Additionally, I love bringing history into my stories, whether it's through family lines or decisions with longevity. 

2) What are three of your favorite things? Dancing, making pierogies with my boyfriend and prosecco.

3) Favorite quote? "We have, as human beings, a storytelling problem. We're a bit too quick to come up with explanations for things we don't really have an explanation for." Malcolm Gladwell 



Susanne Hill, publisher


1) Why do you love journalism? Born and raised in Sheridan, Montana, I later attended Montana State University. After a career spanning sales, non-profit management and vocational rehabilitation, I returned to Southwest Montana and became involved in local community journalism. Since 2011, I have enjoyed seeing this expanding family of newspapers—and the communities they serve—evolve and thrive, and I'm grateful to be a part of such collaborative, talented and committed teams. My husband, Matt, and I enjoy discovering new people, places and things together, along with Murphy our dog and our three horses, Chickie, Boone and Mattie Mae.

2) What are three of your favorite things? Loyal friends, horses, fast cars.

3) Favorite quote? “At least three times every day take a moment and ask yourself what is really important. Have the wisdom and the courage to build your life around your answer.” L. Jampolsky



Erin Leonard, publisher, designer


1) Why do you love journalism? I am a sixth generation Montanan and fell into publishing newspapers by chance. A graphic designer by trade, I was asked to work at my local newspaper, The Madisonian, in January of 2012. I fell in love with the business and soon, along with my co-worker Susanne Hill, was lucky enough to purchase The Madisonian by the end of 2012. Since then, Susanne and I 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, I obsess over my two kids Harper and Jack, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

2) What are three of your favorite things? Live music, outside, hot dogs.

3) Favorite quote? "Decide what to be and go be it." Avett Brothers

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The Madisonian

65 N. MT Hwy 287
Ennis, MT 59729

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