Kevin Lata

Political News Reporter

Location icon United States of America

After two years of traveling, studying, and working across four different continents that span the spectrum of economic development from Laos and India to Sweden and Japan. Through my travels I've developed a more intimate understanding of the diverse realities faced by people from various cultures, upbringings, and social classes. The journalism I want to do will be strident in its attempt to shine light on oppression and corruption in governments and institutions in places where life for the average citizen is hardly bearable. My studies and local journalism activities are prepping me to work towards taking on that task. The following work represents the collection of stories I've written spotlighting local issues in Virginia government.

Most Virginians Say Bullying Is Serious | Emporia News

RICHMOND - Half of Virginians view bullying and harassment as a "very serious problem" at school, and another third think it is "somewhat serious," according to a statewide poll. The Commonwealth Education Poll, conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University, found that most respondents think the problem is worse today than when they were younger.

Fairfax City, Virginia Patch
Uber, Lyft Get Final Approval in Virginia

Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill that sets licensing procedures and standards for drivers. Photo from Lyft on Facebook By Kevin Lata Capital News Service RICHMOND - After operating under a temporary agreement for the better part of a year, ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft now have a law allowing them to transport passengers in Virginia after Gov.

Fairfax City, Virginia Patch
Bills Would Regulate License Plate Readers

State legislation introduced by Sen. J. Chapman Petersen, D-Fairfax, and Delegate Rich Anderson, R-Prince William. By Kevin Lata Capital News Service RICHMOND - Police could retain for only a week the data they collect from license plate readers, under legislation proposed by a pair of Democratic and Republican lawmakers from Northern Virginia.

The Centreville Independent
The Centreville Independent " Sen Chap Petersen

RICHMOND - The Senate has unanimously passed a bill that would limit police retention of license plate data to seven days in an attempt to restrict government stockpiling of personal information. Sen. Chap Petersen, D-Fairfax, proposed Senate Bill 965 as part of a broader effort to clamp down against government overreach into personal lives, an area he has targeted the past two legislative sessions.

RVA Magazine
Uber, Lyft now (actually) legal in Virgnia

Posted by: brad - Feb 02, 2015 RICHMOND - After a yearlong ban, Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-sharing services soon will have a law allowing them to operate legally in Virginia. The House of Delegates on Friday joined the Senate in passing a bill that would set licensing requirements for such services' drivers.

From Designer Clothes to Orange Robes

RICHMOND - A remorseful Maureen McDonnell stood Friday in a federal courtroom where she had been convicted of taking bribes and asked a judge for leniency. He responded by sentencing the former first lady to 12 months and one day in prison.

Campus Sexual Assault Bills Go to Governor's Desk

Approval of the legislation came after a series of high-profile rape cases on college campuses where responses by university authorities often left victims without a sense of justice by allowing perpetrators off the hook. To preserve their school's reputation, some administrators chose to sweep the allegations under the rug and to keep them out of the public eye.

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