Ryan Van Velzer (KPR)


Ryan Van Velzer has told stories of people surviving floods in Thailand, record-breaking heat in Arizona and Hurricane Irma in South Florida. He has worked for The Arizona Republic, The Associated Press and The South Florida Sun Sentinel in addition to working as a travel reporter in Central America and Southeast Asia. Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Ryan is happy to finally live in a city that has four seasons.


Ryan Van Velzer

 It’s been more than four months since Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police in her home while executing a no-knock warrant. City officials turned the investigation into Taylor’s death over to the state Attorney General’s Office in May.  The FBI is also independently investigating the case. 

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Testing delays and shortages playing out across the country are impacting Kentucky, and could hamper local health departments from tracking down and boxing in community spread of coronavirus.

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One of Cherrie Vaughn’s three sons asked his elementary school teacher why police keep killing Black people… and why Black people were enslaved.

Not knowing what to say, his teacher called Vaughn. Vaughn found herself in the position of advocate, but she couldn’t help but wonder why the teacher didn’t have this information.

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has filed a motion to suspend executive orders designed to protect the public from the global pandemic currently ravaging the country, and on the rise in the Commonwealth.

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Police arrested 87 protesters participating in a sit-in on the lawn of Attorney General Daniel Cameron Tuesday evening, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department.

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Louisville’s new soccer stadium opened its gates for the first time Sunday to thousands of fans willing to endure masks, temperature checks and the looming threat of coronavirus to become the first spectators in Kentucky to watch live sports since the beginning of the pandemic.

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  Gov. Andy Beshear said he’ll issue new “mandatory” requirements on Thursday amid rising cases of coronavirus in Kentucky.

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Kentucky police officers have made more than 330 arrests amid ongoing protests for racial justice in Louisville, according to Louisville Metro Police Department records.

Dale Greer, U.S. Air National Guard photo

The field hospital at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville has been ‘mothballed’, but could be reactivated in a week or less if Kentucky experiences a surge in cases of COVID-19, according to the Kentucky National Guard.

As other states experience surging cases of virus, Kentucky has so far maintained a “plateau,” meaning daily cases may go up or down, but average out over time.


Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, the Public Works Department and Louisville Metro Police have issued apologies for the way crews handled the property of protesters when their encampment in Jefferson Square Park was cleared last weekend following a fatal shooting.