Ina Jaffe is a National desk correspondent based at NPR West, NPR's production center in Culver City, Calif.

Covering California and the West, Jaffe has reported on nearly all of the major news events, elections, and natural disasters in the region. Currently, she covers issues related to aging. She also reports on regional and national politics, contributing election coverage in 2008, 2010, and 2012.

Public Transit
10:16 am
Wed October 17, 2012

CATS Could Fall Short on Service Promises

Baton Rouge's bus system is expecting revenues to fall millions short of projections. That means it may not be able to fulfill all the promises for more express routes and shorter wait times made during the successful campaign for a transit tax last spring.

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The Jim Engster Show
3:43 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Judge Bob Downing and Former Sen. Gary Hart Discuss Second Pres. Debate

Judge Bob Downing, one of the most colorful and outspoken judges to ever be on the Louisiana bench, and former U.S. Senator Gary Hart chat with Jim on matters of the court as well as the second of three presidential debates between President Obama and Gov. Romney.


Dustin Dwyer is a reporter for a new project at Michigan Radio that will look at improving economic opportunities for low-income children. Previously, he worked as an online journalist for Changing Gears, as a freelance reporter and as Michigan Radio's West Michigan Reporter. Before he joined Michigan Radio, Dustin interned at NPR's Talk of the Nation, wrote freelance stories for The Jackson Citizen-Patriot and completed a Reporting & Writing Fellowship at the Poynter Institute.

Education Overhaul
10:24 am
Tue October 16, 2012

BESE Adopts Accreditation as Proof of School Quality

The state's top school board Tuesday adopted revisions to its process for approving private and parochial schools. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will now accept accreditation from independent agencies as proof a school meets state standards.

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The Jim Engster Show
4:23 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

SU Law Prof. Angela Bell on Exonerated Inmates; LSU Band Leader Stops By

Southern University law professor Angela Bell joins Jim to discuss the issue of exonerated death row inmates and the thirty-five Louisiana cases so far where DNA testing has proved their innocence.

LSU Band Leader Roy King stops in to discuss updates with the LSU Tiger Band.

Former LSU basketball star Nikita Wilson and Nancy Jo Craig discuss how they teamed up to help advance the Capitol Area Corporate Recycling Council throughout Baton Rouge.


Linda Holmes writes and edits NPR's entertainment and pop-culture blog, Monkey See. She has several elaborate theories involving pop culture and monkeys, all of which are available on request.

Holmes began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living-room space to DVD sets of The Wire and never looked back.

Tom Goldman is NPR's sports correspondent. His reports can be heard throughout NPR's news programming, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and NPR.org.

With a beat covering the entire world of professional sports, both in and outside of the United States, Goldman reporting covers the broad spectrum of athletics from the people to the business of athletics.

During his more than 20 years with NPR, Goldman has covered every major athletic competition including the Super Bowl, the World Series, the NBA Finals, golf and tennis championships, and the Olympic Games.

Although Don Gonyea is a NPR National Political Correspondent based in Washington, D.C., he spends much of his time traveling throughout the United States covering campaigns, elections, and the political climate throughout the country. His reports can be heard on all NPR programs and at NPR.org.

During the 2000 presidential campaign, Gonyea chronicled the controversial election and the ensuing legal recount battles in the courts. At the same time George W. Bush moved into the White House in 2001, Gonyea started as NPR's White House Correspondent. He was at the White House on the morning of September 11, 2001, providing live reports following the evacuation of the building.

The Jim Engster Show
4:48 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Guests Weigh In On Vice Presidential Debate; Local Designer Returning to TV

Ben Bagert, former State Senator and Louisiana campaign manager for Bob Dole, and democratic political consultant Trey Ourso give their opinions and grade the Vice Presidential debate between Vice President Biden and Rep. Ryan.

Local fashion designer and former Project Runway contestant Anthony Ryan talks with Jim and discusses his return to television for another chance to win in a new season of Project Runway: All-Stars. Jeanne Triche joins alongside to discuss her efforts in maintaining and contributing to the LSU Costume & Tetile Museum.


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