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Explore Big Sky is Big Sky’s trusted media source. Since its first print newspaper—then called the Big Sky Weekly—hit stands in 2010 under Outlaw Partners’ local ownership, EBS has evolved with the growing community it serves, bringing quality, fair and accurate news to its audience through timely digital delivery as well as a bimonthly print paper.

We understand the importance of local journalism. Our award-winning coverage seeks to inform the longtime local as well as the first-time visitor, and we pride ourselves in objective reporting and in providing accurate and timely information and analysis.

EBS, published by Outlaw Partners, is as much community anchor as it is newspaper. Through its Town Hall interview series, daily Town Crier newsletter, social media and print and website presence, EBS delivers community voices, issues and updates on southwest Montana straight from the heart of Big Sky.

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Explore Big Sky Staff

Joseph T. O’Connor, Editor-in-Chief

Joseph T. O’Connor is Editor-in-Chief for EBS newspaper and Mountain Outlaw magazine. He brings an extensive background in multimedia storytelling and has been covering Big Sky and southwest Montana since moving to the area in 2012.

Joe earned a bachelor’s degree in English and creative writing from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and took graduate journalism courses at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. If he’s not at the office he’s watching the Red Sox, skiing, fishing or traipsing the West with his wife Emily and their dog Covey.

Bella Butler, Senior Editor

Bella Butler is Managing Editor for EBS. A proud local, Bella grew up in Big Sky and has accumulated a strong understanding of the character of the community.

Bella attended the University of Montana in Missoula, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Her education and experience in the news industry has endowed her with strong ethics around reporting fairly and accurately and she brings her passion for news to serving the Big Sky community. When she’s not in the newsroom, Bella is enjoying time with friends and family cooking (and eating) and moving through the landscapes of the West with her dog, Maia.

Gabrielle Gasser, Staff Writer

Gabrielle Gasser is Associate Editor for EBS heading up Section 2 in the biweekly print edition and reporting on all things local and sports as well as environment and outdoors. A Big Sky native, she journeyed to the big city in St. Louis to earn a degree in Film and Media Studies, and English Literature. After graduating, she followed the call of the mountains back West.

Outside of the newsroom, you can find Gabrielle outdoors taking advantage of the wonderful place we live in. She enjoys climbing and hiking in the summer and skiing in- and out-of-bounds in the winter.

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