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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A public discussion is scheduled Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Billings to discuss the fate of grizzly bears that live in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Journalist Todd Wilkinson from Bozeman and grizzly bear biologist Dr. David Mattson will present a slide show and talk about the grizzly in the environment.

Wilkinson is the author of the book on one of the most famous grizzly sows of the Greater Yellowstone, 399.

Jackie Yamanaka

Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders brought his message that he’s the champion for the the middle- and working-classes at a Rally in Billings last night.

Sanders specifically singled out workers in the fossil fuels industry.

“I know,” he says. “I know that I am in coal country.”

But he says he feels obliged to be honest and bring the same message to Montana that he does to his home state Vermont.

Jackie Yamanaka

Yellowstone County Commissioner Bill Kennedy is retiring at the end of July to become the new president and CEO of the Montana State University Billings Foundation.  

Kennedy will remain on the Yellowstone County Commission until July 30, 2016.

He says he is committed to helping craft “a solid budget” for Yellowstone County before he starts his new position.

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Supporters of Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders say the race for the Democratic nomination is not over. With one month to go before Montana’s primary election, they’ve scheduled a training session and rally Saturday in Butte.

Margot Kidder of Livingston is one of the organizers. She says Butte was selected because of its deep roots in this country’s labor union movement.

Jackie Yamanaka

The U-S Environmental Protection Agency redesignated Billings as in compliance with federal air pollution standards.

Governor Steve Bullock says this is the first time EPA has reversed a non-attainment decision

The EPA’s nonattainment designation was handed down in 2013. Federal officials pointed to the closure of the coal-fired Corette Power Plant as improving the air quality.  But state officials disagree that’s the reason for the re-designation.

Jackie Yamanaka

Both of the major candidates in Montana’s gubernatorial race agree infrastructure funding is important for the state and its citizens.

Governor Steve Bullock announced his plan for the 2017 Legislative Session during a stop in Billings.

The Democrat says this proposal melds together ideas negotiated with the Republican majority in the 2015 session that narrowly failed.

Art Wolfe, Seattle WA

  A photograph of two Yellowstone Park bison is among the 16 Forever Stamp images  to be unveiled to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National park Service.

The image was captured by Art Wolfe of Seattle, Washington.

In a press release from Yellowstone National Park, Wolfe describes the setting for his photograph.

Art Wolfe, Seattle WA

A photograph of two Yellowstone Park bison is among the 16 Forever Stamp images  to be unveiled to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National park Service.

The image was captured by Art Wolfe of Seattle, Washington.

Jackie Yamanaka

Billings Senior High School saved taxpayers $85,000 in energy costs over a 4-month period.

Governor Steve Bullock applauds the effort and awarded the school $1,000 for its efforts under the SMART (Saving Money and Resources Today) Schools Challenge. 

During a visit to Billings Senior, Bullock recognized the school for providing a learning environment that’s also energy sustainable.

Jackie Yamanaka

Many Yellowstone County Employers say they “don’t know” when asked to rate how well education and training providers in Billings are helping them meet their workforce needs.

The finding was from a BillingsWorks survey conducted for the Big Sky Economic Development Authority.

Respondents were asked to rate the numerous programs in Billings. This includes the high schools to adult education to higher education.

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