Montana PBS awarded $300K from Otto Bremer Trust to expand news and public affairs programming

Thursday Sep. 9th, 2021

 Montana PBS will expand its news and public affairs programming over the next two years thanks to a $300,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust.

The award will allow Montana PBS to provide an expanded production schedule and add staff to “The Rundown with Jackie Coffin,” a program hosted, produced and edited by Coffin. Montana PBS will also provide matching funds to help sustain the program and its staff in the long-term, according to Kristina Martin, Montana PBS development director.

“We are grateful for this funding from the Otto Bremer Trust, which will allow us to build capacity, expand our coverage throughout the state and tell more stories relevant to our viewers,” Martin said.

Martin added that the Montana PBS team is looking forward to engaging with the program’s audiences in new ways as it explores topics and breaking news across the state.

In addition to “The Rundown with Jackie Coffin,” Montana PBS airs several national programs focused on news and public affairs, including “PBS NewsHour,” “Washington Week” and “Amanpour and Co.”

To learn more, and to watch current episodes of “The Rundown with Jackie Coffin,” visit