Jason Ravnsborg

S.D. Department of Public Safety

Police interrogation videos reveal new details about a fatal vehicle-pedestrian accident involving Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg.  

Gov. Kristi Noem has asked Ravnsborg to resign, and the attorney general faces impeachment articles in the Legislature. 

The state Department of Public Safety released the videos Tuesday evening that show investigators interrogating Ravnsborg twice for a total of about three hours. Investigators from North Dakota conducted the interviews. 

SDPB News Podcast: Feb 19

Feb 19, 2021

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg will face three misdemeanor charges for his role in the fatal car versus pedestrian crash that took place last summer. 

All this and more in today’s SDPB News Podcast.

Find it on Apple Podcasts or Spotify today.

Missing Persons Clearing House

Jul 22, 2020

In The Moment … July 22, 2020 Show 864 Hour 1

Chris Laughery

In The Moment ... January 16, 2020 Show 735 Hour 2

Jason Ravnsborg is South Dakota's Attorney General. Ravnsborg holds the power of attorney in representing South Dakota in all legal matters. He joined Lori to talk about what he believes should be top of mind for our legislators in 2020.

Politics and public policy reporting is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

file photo John Murphy

Charles Rhines is one of two inmates on death row in South Dakota, and if his last appeals fail, he will die in November.

In a short hearing in Rapid City on Tuesday, June 25, a judge granted a warrant of execution while Rhines watched by a videoconference hookup from prison.

Rhines was sentenced to death in 1993 for murdering 22-year-old Donnivan Schaeffer, an employee of the donut shop Rhines was robbing.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks has more of this report.

In The Moment ... April 4, 2019 Show 549 Hour 1

Arrests for serious crimes in South Dakota are down, but drug offense arrests are on the rise.

The South Dakota Attorney General's office has released the Crime in South Dakota 2018 report compiled by the office's Criminal Statistical Analysis Center. The report reflects the actual arrest and reporting information by South Dakota law enforcement.

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg joins In The Moment to go over the report.


In The Moment ... March 27, 2019 Show 544 Hour 1

Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg was elected in November, sworn in January 5th, and began his duties immediately. Stephanie Rissler spoke with Ravnsborg about his perspective on legislative issues. She began the conversation by asking if anything has surprised him about his new job.

  Reporting on politics and public policy is supported by The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University

New South Dakota AG Focusing On Work Ahead

Jan 9, 2019
Steve Munsen

In The Moment ... January 9, 2019 Show 491 Hour 1

South Dakota's new Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg joins In The Moment at the State Capitol in Pierre to discuss drugs, drug courts and presumptive probation among other issues.

In The Moment ... October 31, 2018 Show 451 Hour 2

With less than a week before the 2018 election, pundits continue to believe the gubernatorial race is razor-thin. Meanwhile, an influx of cash is aiding Kristi Noem and Billie Sutton in their push to the finish line.

Dakota Political Junkies Jonathan Ellis, investigative reporter for the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, and Jon Schaff, professor of Political Science at Northern State University, share their thoughts as the November 6 vote nears.

Both candidates vying for South Dakota’s top cop position are pointing to their type of experience as reasons they should be the next Attorney General.

The experience factor in the Attorney General race has echoed throughout both campaigns, and was present on Thursda night’s candidate forum on SDPB TV.


In The Moment ... September 10, 2018 Show 418 Hour 2

South Dakota Public Broadcasting introduces you to the candidates of the 2018 election.

We have invited each candidate to join us for live interviews on In The Moment between now and November.

Today we welcome Jason Ravnsborg. He is the Republican candidate for Attorney General in South Dakota.

Rhoden, Ravnsborg Chosen At GOP Convention

Jun 25, 2018
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

The nominees are picked and the ticket is set on the Republican side for the election in November.
Kristi Noem’s running mate for governor, Larry Rhoden, is chosen, and  conservatives went with Jason Ravnsborg for attorney general.

STRUBINGER: It should be noted Republicans nominated candidates for all constitutional offices. These were the two high profile races. The others were uncontested.

WALSH: Larry Rhoden had a challenger?

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

South Dakota Republican delegates are choosing Jason Ravnsborg as their candidate for attorney general in the general election.

The deputy states attorney for Union County beat out State Senator Lance Russell and Lawrence County state’s attorney John Fitzgerald for the nomination.

Moments after being nominated, Jason Ravnsborg says he’s on top of the world. The three-way race for attorney general heated up in the days heading into the GOP convention in Pierre.

Ravnsborg received endorsements from many sheriffs around the state.

Dakota Midday: Indepth Look At Amendment T

Oct 5, 2016
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

In November voters get a chance to decide on Amendment T.  It establishes an independent commission to draw legislative districts.

The state legislature currently redraws the districts every ten years.   Amendment T proponents says that creates a conflict of interest and leads to gerrymandering. Opponents of the amendment say districts are already drawn fairly.

If you’re looking for an earful on how legislative districts are drawn in the state.. former State Senator Frank Kloucek will oblige.

Jason Ravnsborg Bids for U.S. Senate Seat

May 12, 2014

The Republican primary in the race for South Dakota’s open U.S. Senate seat is nearing the final stretch.   
We’re giving all the candidates a chance to lay out their platform before the voters.   Today we’re featuring excerpts from an interview with Republican candidate Jason Ravnsborg.  
Ravnsborg sat down with Charles Michael Ray in the Rapid City studio to talk about his plans for office, his concerns about big government spending and the scandal surrounding the federal EB-5 program in South Dakota.

An Interview With Jason Ravnsborg

May 9, 2014

SDPB's Charles Michael Ray is working to interview all the U.S. Senate Candidates leading up to the June Primaries and November election.   Excerpts from this audio are being featured on SDPB Radio prior to the Republican Primary.  Here is the full interview.

Dakota Political Junkies

Dec 18, 2013

Kevin Woster, veteran South Dakota journalist and Rapid City reporter for KELO-TV, and Jon Hunter, publisher of the Madison Daily Leader, discussed the legislature’s executive board’s decision not to discuss EB-5 audits, Yankton lawyer Jason Ravnsborg’s announcement that he’s running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate and Governor Dennis Daugaard’s appointment of Chuck Jones to replace Russell Olson in the state senate.