In 2014, I found Barney Myers when I was pursuing a story about Montana centenarians as a part of a college class at the University of Montana. At 104, I heard he went to the gym three times a day, lived independently and still drove an old Toyota. As I got to know him I learned about his past and the secret to his longevity. This story won first place in the SPJ category for online feature reporting. See it here.


When I moved back to Billings in 2016, I was curious if Barney was still alive. And he was. He was 106 soon to be 107. I did a follow-up story about Barney and how has life had changed since he was 104. I focused on what he thought about getting older and took a look at the aging population in Montana. See full story here.


In addition to the photo story I also contributed an article that was published in the Billings Gazette.

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