The YVW Team
Before joining YVW in '05, Julie spent 12 years as an award-winning reporter and anchor for KTVQ-2. She loves sharing people’s stories. Since 1996, she's been a tireless advocate for children in foster care, helping start Montana’s first TV adoption awareness campaign and the Heart Gallery of Yellowstone County. The work earned her the U.S. Congressional Angels in Adoption Award. She’s been in the publishing role since 2018 and is proud to lead Billings' most read magazine.
Special Section Editor/Social Media/Writer
After almost a decade writing for daily newspapers, Laura took a leap of faith and launched a full-time freelance career. She balances writing deadlines with excursions into the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness along with fishing and floating trips on nearby rivers and streams.
Kay has spent her professional career in public relations and broadcast news, currently at Yellowstone Public Radio. Her journalism degree is from Northern Illinois University. Her passions include her family, sports, and food Her mom and an aunt taught her the finer points of cooking and instilled a love of good food and family mealtime.
Stella divides her time between Billings and Seattle and is the author of two Billings-centric books, Historic Restaurants of Billings and Billings Food. Her writings have appeared in Big Sky Journal, Western Art and Architecture, the Washington Post as well as online at lastbestplates.com.
Growing up in the shadow of Mt. Rushmore gave Karen an appreciation of high ideals. Living in Alaska for 25 years gave her a frontier spirit. Life in Montana finds her building community. A self-described “multipotentialite,” she loves coaching others with her business, Canvas Creek Team Building.
Linda Halstead Acharya
A long-time resident of the Columbus area, Linda Halstead-Acharya enjoys spending time and learning from her rural neighbors. She has a degree in wildlife biology but for the past 25 years has pursued a career sharing other people’s stories in print. She loves riding, writing and traveling.
A fourth generation Montanan, Cydney was raised on a ranch on the banks of the Yellowstone River where an appreciation of the outdoors was fostered. She and her husband raised three children in Billings and are now the proud grandparents of three. The best part of any of her days is time spent with Jesus, family, friends, a good book or capturing someone’s story in words.
Sue Olp worked for many years as a reporter at the Billings Gazette, covering everything from healthcare and education to county government, tribal issues and plenty of human-interest stories. Now retired, she is a freelance writer and enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with her family, including her grandchildren.
Vicki Lynn Terpstra
With nearly a decade long career in retail, Vicki-Lynn has cultivated a true passion for fashion. Even though her day job involves event planning and social media for the largest insurance agency in the Northwest, she uses her style and industry know-how to help keep women in the Yellowstone Valley looking their best.
Rachel is a self described “Junker,” who not only loves all things old, but LOVES the challenge of trying to make something new out of each find. While she is a Hair Stylist by day, in her off time you can often find her covered in paint, trying to repurpose something she’s found.
Daniel is the son of an evangelist and that role has set him on adventures all over the world. Starting a family inspired him to pick up a camera to create memories and he quickly fell in love with the science of taking photos. He's a proud father of four sons and loves quiet moments sipping coffee with his wife, Jade.
Lovely might have been born Asian, but she is American at heart. Her purchase of an XT Canon camera in Japan in 2006 helped launch her self-taught career. when she's not out taking photos of seniors, kids or families, she loves spending time with her own family.
Jill Riley is a compassionate, creative, and mildly irreverent storyteller. While she often focuses her writing on the messy world of mental illness and faith, she has a deep gift connecting with others and sharing their stories on a deeper level. She's also a talented crafter and artist who loves to develop that side of her life as well.
Casey’s life in photography has its origins in Sandpoint, Idaho, under the guidance of her grandmother. She honed her skills on trips to Europe, Mexico and Africa beginning in the 1990s. After working for a handful of newspapers, ultimately she landed at the Billings Gazette. Today she works for RiverStone Health as a digital communication outreach specialist. In her off time, she continues to pursue her passion for music and animal photography, and enjoys time raising two mutts, Rajah and Nali, with her husband, Dan.
Julie is a former Billings news anchor who loves sharing positive news stories. After spending a decade in Georgia, her family is happy to back home in Montana. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her volunteering for special needs organizations, stretching her faith and getting reacquainted with the joys of life under the Big Sky!