Joseph Kinsey Howard graduated from Great Falls High School in 1923 and joined the staff of the Leader. He was the news editor until 1944. He resigned to become research associate for the Montana Study, a project of the Rockefeller Foundation and the University of Montana. He left this project after two years to devote full time to his writing. Howard was the author of Montana: High, Wide and Handsome a history of Montana which won wide critical acclaim. In 1946 he edited a large collection of Montana materials which were incorporated into a book, Montana Margins: A State Anthology. He was extremely active in fostering writing efforts in Montana.
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