After 13 years as cohost of the flagship news magazine "Morning Edition," Montagne joined NPR's Investigative Unit to collaborate with ProPublica reporter Nina Martin on the investigative series, "Lost Mothers." The series helped launch a national conversation on what had previously been a hidden public health crisis: American mothers dying or nearly dying at rates far above those of all other affluent nations. It also spotlighted another dire statistic: Black mothers die at more than three times the rate of white mothers. This in-depth series earned nearly every major award in the U.S. – including a Peabody, a Polk, and a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Early in her long career at NPR, Montagne cohosted All Things Considered with Robert Siegel. In the 90's, she covered the release of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, and was based there until his inauguration four years later. She travelled to Afghanistan after 9/11 and returned ten more times to report on the war and the Afghans caught up in it. Born in California, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from University of California, Berkeley.