Jackie Coffin is an award-winning journalist with 10 years of experience reporting in her home state of Montana.
Jackie’s love of journalism sparked as a child, through a subscription to National Geographic gifted by her grandfather every Christmas. Pouring over the pages, Jackie loved the articles brimming with adventure and thought there was no better life than writing and exploring.
Raised and educated in Missoula, Jackie graduated from the University of Montana’s School of Journalism in 2012, with a B.A. in Journalism and minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies. Jackie’s interest in journalism lies across several mediums, and she has worked in radio and podcasting, completed a print internship with the Missoula Independent, and found her career path in television.
Jackie worked for ABCFOXMontana stations for 6 years in Missoula and Bozeman and came to Q2 from MontanaPBS where she worked for 3 ½ years as an investigative producer and host of the news and public affairs show, The Rundown w/ Jackie Coffin. During her time at PBS Jackie received two Emmy nominations for her reporting on the struggles of generations of female veterans (Fighting Her Wars) and the push to legalize recreational marijuana by Libby residents suffering from asbestosis (Montana’s Marijuana Market). Fighting Her Wars was also recognized with the Montana Broadcasters Association award for Non-Commercial Program of the Year.
Jackie enjoys reporting on a wide range of topics and is known for her political reporting, including the 2021 Montana Legislative Session, 2020 Montana Gubernatorial race, and 2018 Montana Senate race. In 2018, she conducted an exclusive interview with President Donald Trump aboard Air Force One where she pressed him for action on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis and this is the first time the publicly addressed MMIW.
In 2021, Jackie completed her Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems at Montana State University and produced original work on Indigenous food systems and food sovereignty initiatives in Montana. Jackie is very interested in sustainable agriculture, food system transitions, and ethnobotany and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
Jackie is a child of the Big Sky and loves to explore small towns and big mountain ranges with her family, friends, fiancé Mike, and of course her loyal pup, Tuck.
If you have a news tip to pass along, please reach out to Jackie in whatever means you prefer. Her email is Jackie.firstname.lastname@example.org