Best Athlete

Mark Messmer

The Missoula distance runner outdid himself in 2018, following a record-setting win in the Governor's Cup half marathon with a victory in the Missoula Marathon five weeks later. He won this Missoula Marathon again this year, setting a new personal best.

Finalists, Best Athlete

2. Tupa Faleagafulu

3. Michael Oguine

Best Journalist

Jill Valley

Jill Valley is the most recognized newscaster in western Montana. She’s been named Montana’s Broadcaster of the Year several times and has won journalism awards for writing and reporting.

kpax.com 

Finalists, Best Journalist

2. Maritsa Georgiou-Hamilton, KECI

3. Bill Speltz, Missoulian

Best K-12 Teacher

Austin Tootell

Austin is a third grade teacher at Paxson Elementary School and he doesn’t just put the students first in his words, he also does it in his everyday actions. He has 80+ students each year and he gets to know every single one of them on a very personal level.

Finalists, Best K-12 Teacher

2. Paige Walde

3. (tie) Calra Woehler and Stephanie Rollings (kindergarten teacher, Franklin Elementary)

Best Local App

Burton's Classic Hair Co. 

Downloading the Burton’s Hair Classic app makes booking your appointments east, fast and convenient. 

3410 S. Reserve St.

721-8889

burtonshair.com

Finalists, Best Local App

2. Passport Parking

3. Mountain Line

Best Local Instagram

Burton’s Classic Hair Co. 

The photography on Burton’s Classic Hair Co.’s Instagram (@burtonshair) is professional and keeps you updated in the latest styles. 

3410 S. Reserve St.

721-8889

burtonshair.com

Finalists, Best Local Instagram

2. @draughtworks

3. @blackcoffee.mt

Best Local Twitter

ABC Fox Montana

ABC Fox Montana’s tweets are engaging and cover a wide range of topics. @abcfoxmt

Finalists, Best Local Twitter

2. @Missoulian

3. @umbarstool

Best Meteorologist

Erin Yost

Another reader favorite, Erin Yost, is leaving KPAX after nine years of weather forecasting.

kpax.com

Finalists, Best Meteorologist

2. Mark Heyka, KECI.

3. Brooke Foster, KECI.

Best Politician

Jon Tester

Jon Tester is a third generation Montanan, first elected to the US Senate in 2006. In the Senate, Jon serves as Ranking Member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the Senate Commerce, Indian Affairs, Banking, and Appropriations Committees.

tester.senate.gov

Finalists, Best Politician

2. Jesse Ramos

3. Kathleen Williams

Best Radio Personality

Craig Johnson

The Trail 103.3's Craig Johnson just retired after more than 40 years in the radio business. Most recently he was the host of the Morning Trail show with Missoula Broadcasting Company.

721-6800

trail1033.com

Finalists, Best Radio Personality

2. Angel

3. Peter Christian

Best Radio Station

103.3 The Trail

Vampire Weekend and Led Zeppelin played back-to-back? It happens at The Trail, with its esoteric mix of alt and classic rock.

721-6800

trail1033.com

Finalists, Best Radio Station

2. KBGA

3. KYSS FM

Best TV Newcast

KPAX

KPAX is the station readers have chosen to for local and state news, weather and sports. Newcaster/journalist Jill Valley is also readers’ favorite.

kpax.com

Finalists, Best TV Newcast

2. KECI

3. PBS News Hour

Best TV Personality

Jill Valley

Jill Valley is the most recognized newscaster in western Montana. She’s been named Montana’s Broadcaster of the Year several times and has won journalism awards for writing and reporting.

kpax.com 

Finalists, Best TV Personality

2. Heidi Meile, KECI.

3. Maritsa Georgiou-Hamilton, KECI 

Best UM Professor

Mehrdad Kia

Mehrdad Kia, Professor of History; Director, Central and Southwest Asian Studies Center, has real world experience working with the different Islamic cultures and his lectures are never boring as he fills them with he fills it with his own anecdotes, video and humor. hs.umt.edu/history/people/default.php?s=Kia

Finalists, Best UM Professor

2. Jason Triche

3. Denise Dowling

Best Website

Burtonshair.com

Burton’s Hair Classic Co.’s website is clean, easy to navigate and responsive. The option to book your appoint online is a major plus.

Finalists, Best Website

2. missoulacurrent.com

3. missoulaevents.com