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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U.S. Senator Steve Daines is among a group of just over a dozen of Republican colleagues asking their Majority leader to continue working through the traditional August recess. Democratic U.S. Senator Jon Tester said he also didn't have a problem staying in August.

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A recent television ad that featured images of what appeared to be tattooed, gun toting Mexican gang members was pulled from U.S. Senate Candidate Russ Fagg's YouTube channel last week.

YPR and the Montana Human Rights Network both have received comments from people concerned about that ad.  Rachel Carroll Rivas, co-director of the Montana Human Rights network, was asked to discuss wheter the ad fit the definition of racist.

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U.S. House candidate John Heenan held his first town hall meeting and said elected officials shouldn’t hide from the people back home. It’s a reference to those who have criticized the Republican members of Montana’s Congressional delegation for holding tele-town halls but not face-to-face.

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Four Montana Republicans are running in June 5, 2018 primary election for a chance to unseat incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in the November 6, 2018 general election. The Montana Free Press surveyed the five candidates to see where they stand on 10 key issues. The candidates were asked to respond in 50 words or less to each question. Below are their responses, edited only for length and style.

If elected, what legislation would you support to create good, high-paying jobs?

John Adams, The Montana Free Press

Absentee ballots for Montana’s primary election are set to go out in the mail May 11, 2018. Voters are busy people and may not remember the positions of the candidates running in the contested U.S. Senate and U.S. House.

John Adams - founder, editor, and investigative reporter, of The Montana Free Press - has a primer to help.

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The ominous music, the tattooed men and guns are the elements in one campaign ad for U.S. Senate candidate Russ Fagg.  But is it negative?

That’s a tricky question, said Montana State University political scientist David Parker.

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The Republican campaign circuit included numerous party dinners in communities large and small across Montana. U.S. Senate candidate Russ Fagg of Billings is among the candidates who’s been criss-crossing the state – by pickup or airplane - for the 2018 election.

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Students from Laurel Public Schools and community members spent nearly half an hour this morning talking with an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. The interaction is part of a NASA program to inspire the next generation of astronauts, engineers, and others who will support space exploration.

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Violent crime in Montana is up almost 35% through 2016 from its low in 2010 according to the FBI. And that figure is much higher in Billings. Law enforcement officials say methamphetamine is behind that uptick.

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Ending the drug crisis is a top priority, said U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session. He told a gathering in Billings the directive comes from the President.

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