Amy Jeffries

News Director

Amy started her career in public radio at WNPR in Hartford, CT more than a decade ago. NPR flew her in to Baton Rouge to help WRKF cover the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina while she was still based in the North. Here she found her journalistic calling.

After getting a Master of Journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley and taking a detour through online media as a local editor for Patch, she finally returned to public radio and to Baton Rouge in January 2012.

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Education Overhaul
10:28 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Education Department Slims Down

Salaries have been trimmed and personnel shed as Superintendent John White has reorganized the state Department of Education.

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The Vote for Mayor
12:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Holden, Walker Spar During Debate

Mayor Kip Holden, who is seeking a third term, and his leading opponent, Councilman Mike Walker, tussled over traffic, economic development, and crime at a debate hosted by Southern University Monday night.

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Public Service Commission Race
12:00 am
Mon October 1, 2012

PSC Candidates Differ on Campaign Finance, Agree on Policy

The two best-funded candidates for a slot on the Public Service Commission are defending their acceptance of campaign money from the companies they would regulate.

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Baton Rouge Schools
1:27 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Superintendent Envisions Reform Within Baton Rouge Schools

Superintendent Bernard Taylor (East Baton Rouge Parish School System)

Bernard Taylor came into East Baton Rouge Parish as the new superintendent of schools officially in June. He arrived amidst a wave of state education reforms, for which the parish is arguably ground zero.

Roughly a third of Baton Rouge public schools, threatened with state takeover, face new competition from private school vouchers and independent charter schools.

Accountability measures for teachers and administrators are adding to the pressure.

Speaking with WRKF's Amy Jeffries, Taylor does not mince words in his critique of state reforms or the potential of East Baton Rouge public schools.


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Bomb Threats
12:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Bomb Threat Targets Baton Rouge Airport

Law enforcement officials were again investigating a bomb threat in Baton Rouge Thursday -- this time at the Metro Airport.

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Bomb Threats
12:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Bomb Threat Response Suggests Football's Public Safety Benefits

Every game day, police say, is an opportunity to practice evacuating LSU's campus of 30,000 students, as it was after the bomb threat.

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Bomb Threats
12:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Bomb Threat Empties LSU Campus

LSU reopened for students, faculty and staff and returned to normal operations shortly before 11 p.m. Monday after campus was shut down for about 12 hours due to a morning bomb threat.

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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Parish Leaders Sound Flood Protection Refrain

St. John Parish Public Safety Director Jobe Boucvalt explains the path taken be Isaac's flood waters to members of the legislature's Hurricane Recovery Committee. (WRKF/Amy Jeffries)

The state legislature's Hurricane Recovery Committee took a tour of some of the worst damage in Isaac's path Monday. At every stop, local officials called for flood protection.


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Rocking the Studio
12:00 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Prom Date Brings the Party

Prom Date in the studio with WRKF's Amy Jeffries: from left to right, Nick Boudreau, Brett Burke, Dave Fuller, James West, and Steven Landry. (WRKF/Claire Ohlsen)

When the members of the band Prom Date were in college at LSU and Tulane, practices were social events. Their songs were as sprawling as their roster of musicians. The group is tighter now that the five permanent members are hoping to be able to quit their day jobs. But with their highly danceable beats, the band is still bringing the party.

Prom Date recently stuffed into the studio to talk with WRKF's Amy Jeffries.


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Education
4:53 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

For Summer Learning, District Sends Students to Library

East Baton Rouge Parish public school students are back in the classroom Wednesday. Almost inevitably, teachers will start by re-teaching material students forgot while they were on vacation. To minimize that learning loss over the summer, the district pointed students to the parish library.


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