Jodi Rave quits newspaper biz

by Pete Talbot

This will make Rob Natelson happy. In February, over at Electric City Weblog, Prof. Natelson said there was just too much native news in Montana’s newspapers (as opposed to right-wing, white-guy news).

Ms. Rave is leaving the Lee Enterprises newspaper chain (papers in Missoula, Billings, Helena, Butte and Hamilton) to write a book about Blackfeet activist Elouise Cobell. With the dire straights that newspapers are in these days, she probably won’t be replaced anytime soon.

I stumbled across this story at the Reznet website, a project at the University of Montana school of journalism. I imagine we’ll hear more in our state’s newspaper columns over the next few days.

Rave brought a unique perspective to Lee’s newspapers — one that was sorely needed, especially in Indian Country. Her contributions will be missed but I look forward to her book.

(Update: I don’t know how I missed her column on the editorial page of today’s Missoulian.  It’s a good read.  Hat tip to JC.)

  1. JC

    Rave had a piece in the Missoulian today, “Opinion: ‘Small voices’ remind Rave of own goal “ talking about her decision to leave.

    Jodi, we’ll miss you! Best luck with the book.

    Tókhi wániphika ní!

  2. i look for jodi to do great things on the national level. she is that good.

  3. Jodi Rave

    I spent a good deal of time on the phone this week taking calls from readers and answering e-mails. I’ve had a tremendous amount of congratulations and kind words from people who have followed my career over the last decade around the country. I have one more day in the office on Monday. And then my adventure begins. First, I am off to North Dakota to give a college graduation speech. And then a language summit in DC, and then on to New York City to take care of some business then a direct flight to Albuquerque for a law school graduation and then…. life goes on in brilliant colors!

    Thanks everyone!

  4. Jodi Rave

    One more thing, my voice isn’t going away. I am launching a blog separate from the buffalo post, which was part of my newspaper gig. My temporary blog address is It’s being built now. I’ll keep you all updated.

    • Happy Trails to you, Jodi. I know I wish you the very best and look forward to reading you in the future! Good to hear that you are going keep blogging – we like that kind of stuff!

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