Emily E. Smith

Journalist. Writer. Editor.


I’m a freelance journalist, writer and editor based in Bozeman, Montana.

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and I decided I wanted to be a writer soon after I learned to read. I’ve been addicted to reporting since I was 14 years old, when I joined the staff of my high school newspaper.

I was a staff writer for The Oregonian for more than six years before my eastward journey to Big Sky Country. I worked out of four bureaus and the main newsroom, but mostly an old courthouse, covering crime, courts and local government.

In 2016, I moved to Montana and I’ve been freelancing ever since. A lot of people move here for adventure. I moved here for love, which is its own adventure. My work has appeared in The Guardian, Smithsonian, Atlas Obscura, Portland Monthly and other places. I was named a Mayborn Emerging Writer in 2018.

I’m a University of Oregon grad. Forever curious. Tempermentally unobtrusive. Older than I look.