I'm Mary Helen Montgomery.

Writer and multimedia storyteller. Pulitzer Prize- nominated journalist and award-winning podcast and video producer. Passionate about finding good stories and coming up with creative ways to tell them.

Some of my work

I work in audio, film, and interactive media.

Women Can

A video for A Step Ahead Chattanooga's "Women Can" campaign, showing what happens when women take their futures into their own hands.

The Big Lick

A podcast episode about a horse tradition that has torn families apart and sent people into hiding. For Criminal.

The Party Planners

A podcast episode about segregation in Chattanooga, TN, and an unlikely friendship, for Neighbors from Nashville Public Radio.

The Ordinary Radicals

A podcast episode about the first interracial couple to legally marry in Chattanooga, Tenn. for Neighbors from Nashville Public Radio.

An Apple Quest

A podcast episode about the hunt for the perfect cider apple, for The Southern Foodways Alliance's podcast Gravy.

Fish Camps

A podcast episode about fried food and faimly in a North Carolina mill town, for The Southern Foodways Alliance's podcast Gravy.

One Day
in Chattanooga

A crowd-sourced video project that documents one day in the life of the people of Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Toll

A web application that tracks all homicides in Chattanooga. It shows biographies of the victims and updates on their cases.


A project website with interactive graphics that I developed for a story about a family's struggle to keep a child from state custody.

Pets of the Wild

A written story that looks at how people in Tennessee adopt pets from the wild, only to have them confiscated.

Voter Guide

An online guide for Tennessee state primaries and Hamilton County general elections.

A Code to Live By

A radio documentary about the melungeons, a mixed race group of people in Appalachia.

My Feet
Won't Stop

A radio story about Margaret Rogers, a 91-year-old tap dance teacher in Falmouth, Mass.

Whose internet is fastest?

An interactive map that shows people per zipcode who subscribe to gigabit per second internet in Chattanooga.

About me

I am an independent audio and multimedia producer based in Chattanooga, Tenn., and an associate instructor at the Transom Story Workshop. I've won numerous national and regional awards, including a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for a radio news documentary, an EPPY Award for best use of social media, and several first place awards from the Tennessee Associated Press for best multimedia, best website, and best video. I was part of a four-person team named as a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting for a project about the cycle of violence in Chattanooga.


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