Jackie Yamanaka

Senior Political Reporter/Special Projects

Jackie Yamanaka has been news director at YPR since 1986.  From her home base in Billings, Jackie covers a wide range of issues across Montana and Wyoming. During the Montana Legislative session, she re-locates to the state Capitol in Helena where she has another office.

During her tenure she has won numerous journalism awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc.; The Society of Professional Journalists, The Montana Broadcaster’s Association EB Craney Awards; The Montana Associated Press; and elsewhere.

Jackie received a degree in Mass Communications from Eastern Montana College (now Montana State University Billings).  She is secretary of the Montana Freedom of Information Hotline (http://www.montanafoi.org/) and a past board member of Public Radio News Directors, Inc.  When she’s not working she enjoys running and hiking with her dogs, fishing, shooting sporting clays, and playing tennis.

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Jackie Yamanaka

Students across the country, including in Montana, plan to participate in the national school walkout organized to show support for students affected by the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida where 17 people died.  

Congressman Greg Gianforte sat down with YPR's Jackie Yamanaka to talk about the issue of school safety.

Jackie Yamanaka

Listen and show up, that’s the pledge from Democratic U.S. House candidate Grant Kier. He said it will be in stark contrast to the current Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte who faces re-election this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQkkqygNOgQ

The school shooting in Florida, guns, and mental illness were among the topics the nation's governors, including Montana Governor Steve Bullock, discussed at the White House this week with President Donald Trump. 

Bullock says there are no simple answers to what is becoming a public health crisis with the symbol of a flag at half staff.

Jackie Yamanaka

The Bullock Administration awarded $372,000 to nine community organizations, health care providers, and schools to fund suicide prevention efforts. The money will be used to expand existing programs or to launch new evidence-based efforts.

Burt Williams

Several Stillwater County citizens have filed a lawsuit to try to force Stillwater County to act on their efforts to create a citizen initiated zoning district. They want to mitigate any impacts on their property, the environment, and to the local infrastructure if oil and gas drilling takes place along the Beartooth Front.

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Driving across the great expanse of Montana isn’t for the faint at heart. During the winter it can be a white knuckle experience with motorists confronting icy and snow packed roads, strong winds, and ground blizzards. Any time of the year critters can jump out on to the roadway.

This is what our candidates for statewide office face as they bounce from one campaign stop to the next on the seemingly endless ribbon of blacktop, gravel, and gumbo roads that connect our far-flung population.   

Jackie Yamanaka

The CEO of Red Oxx, a Billings-based manufacturer praises last year’s Republican tax package, saying it will help grow his business.

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National political consultant Joe Trippi believes the country has reached a tipping point and he thinks Montanans are looking for a U.S. Representative who will stand up to corporate interests.

"I think people everywhere are really becoming exhausted by how nothing seems to be getting done," he said. "But when the corporations want something done, bam, it gets done instantly."

Jackie Yamanaka

Five Democrats are vying to take on Freshman Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte on the November general election ballot, but first they must advance through the Democratic primary in June.

One of those Democrats is Kathleen William. She visited recently with students, some of whom are voters, at Billings West High School.

Jackie Yamanaka

The campaign consultant who helped orchestrate the Democratic upset in Alabama’s special U.S. Senate election last year has signed on to help Montana congressional candidate John Heenan who’s running in a contested primary.


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