Meet the Team
Chad Dundas is a journalist, novelist and podcaster. He’s the author of the acclaimed novels Champion of the World (2016) and The Blaze (2020). Champion of the World was a 2016 Boston Globe Best Book of the Year as well as a finalist for the David J. Langum Sr. Prize for Historical Fiction and Reading the West Book Awards. His short fiction has appeared in the Beloit Fiction Journal, Sycamore Review, Sou’Wester and Thuglit.
He lives in Missoula, Montana with his wife and children.
Erika Fredrickson is a journalist and the former arts editor of the alt-weekly newspaper the Missoula Independent, which was closed down in September 2018 by Lee Enterprises, a year after the corporation bought it. During her 10 years at the Indy she was voted Missoula’s Best Journalist three times and her feature stories–which covered arts, culture, environment, health and other areas–won awards through the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies and the Society of Professional Journalists.
She is a speaker for Humanities Montana and travels the state to talk about the importance of independent journalism and the free press. She is currently working with other former Indy staff to create a new source of independent news for Western Montana.
Leif Fredrickson teaches public history and the history of the American West at the University of Montana. His academic research has been funded by Harvard University’s Institute for New Economic Thinking, and his recent dissertation received awards from the Council of Graduate Schools and the Urban History Association. He created and runs the digital public history website, Enviro-History. He has also written for The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Conversation, and The Hill.
He is currently writing a book about the history of lead poisoning in America.
Zach Dundas is an editor for the independent travel and culture publisher Wildsam and author of The Great Detective, a pop-cultural history of Sherlock Holmes. As a longtime correspondent for Monocle, he covers Pacific Northwest politics, culture, and design and contributes to the global affairs magazine’s digital radio station, M24. His reporting has appeared in Howler, Good, Pleasure Garden, Eight by Eight, and The Guardian.
He lives in Portland, Oregon.