Darrell Ehrlick/Daily Montanan

Darrell Ehrlick/Daily Montanan

Darrell Ehrlick is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Montanan, a member of the States Newsroom network of local news outlets and a sister publication of the Arizona Mirror. Before launching the Daily Montanan, he led his native state’s largest paper, The Billings Gazette. He is an award-winning journalist, author, historian and teacher, whose career has taken him to North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Utah, and Wyoming. With Darrell at the helm, the Gazette staff took Montana’s top newspaper award six times in seven years.


Democracy is on fire. Consider this your wake-up call.

By: - November 17, 2023

For the better half of a decade now, I have had friends, some family members and even casual acquaintances give me the same excuse. Maybe you’ve heard it, too. It goes something like this: You know the news is really depressing and I just can’t handle it, so I have just quit watching. Or folks […]


Making the simple impossible: We don’t want to admit the real worker shortage problem

By: - February 24, 2022

A week ago, I was talking to an educator whose job it is to run training programs for students and adults in higher education. She told me that around a dozen different companies and groups were sponsoring training courses for things like nursing assistants, medical workers, electricians and truck driving. All of the courses were […]

Election experts: Still more to be done on state, federal elections before 2022 midterms

By: - January 7, 2022

A panel of experts on election security hosted a conversation on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. Their goal was to provide an update on how election security had been updated or improved since the 2020 election. But really, their hope was to not let history repeat itself. The four […]