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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Politics
3:38 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Edwin Edwards Draws Spotlight with Congressional Campaign Announcement

Edwin Edwards is swarmed by reporters after announcing his run for Congress in the 6th District at the Baton Rouge Press Club, March 17, 2014.
Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF

86-year-old Edwin Edwards spent 7 years in Congress, 16 years as Louisiana’s governor, and then 8 years in prison for racketeering. And wherever he goes in the state, he draws a crowd, as he did Monday when he announced his run for Congress in the 6th District.

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First Bell
4:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

First Bell: State Superintendent's Lunch Hour Lessons

State Superintendent John White

The First Bell series is a growing collection of stories from students, parents, and educators about pivotal experiences in education. To tell your story, email amy@wrkf.org with "My First Bell" in the subject line or tweet with the hashtag #MyFirstBell.

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When state Superintendent John White was playing sports in high school, he says the poverty of the kids who lived a mile or two away from him came into view.

"I think there was something always, in a way, powerful, about being in a low-income community’s home court. Because, when you come in with your nice uniforms and, you know, you practice everyday in a nice gym or on a nice field, and you play guys whose uniforms don’t quite look the way they should, or the gym’s in bad shape, and the field is also a soccer, also a baseball, also a something else field, you get a very material view of what inequity looks like."

White found the disparity was something he couldn’t turn his back on.

He now oversees the education of Louisiana’s roughly 700,000 public school students. But he started his career teaching English in a high-poverty high school in Jersey City, NJ.

He says he never considered a career in private education, even though he went to an elite all-boys school — St. Albans in Washington, D.C. — from elementary school all the way through 12th grade. And he loved it.


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First Bell
3:39 am
Mon March 17, 2014

First Bell: Resounding Experiences in Education

We have all had experiences in education that have shaped our ideas about teaching and learning, that have shaped who we are.

For state Superintendent John White, it was that moment when he came to appreciate that what happens during lunch hour is just as important as what happens during class time. For LaToya Johnson, it was the moment when she realized that learning the ABCs wasn't as easy as A-B-C for her youngest son. For Eric Reed, it was when he realized his teammates weren't cheering with the black students during a high school pep rally.

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Education
4:55 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Insight: Ideas from All Corners for Fixing EBR Schools

It seems like everyone has a new idea for how to restructure the East Baton Rouge parish school system this week.


Politics
2:57 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

FULL AUDIO: State of the State 2014

Gov. Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal addressed the state House and Senate Monday, March 10, to open the legislative session.

WRKF News Director Amy Jeffries and LSU Political Scientist Kirby Goidel anchored the live broadcast.


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Politics
5:59 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Insight: Jindal to Open Session with Short To-Do List

The state legislative session kicks off Monday, March 10, with the traditional address by the governor.


Politics
5:51 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Insight: State Lawmakers File More Than 600 Bills

Friday is the deadline for pre-filing bills for the Louisiana legislative session that starts March 10. So far, the proposals include renewed attempts at state retirement reform, constitutional amendments to expand Medicaid, and the return of the electric chair.


Politics
6:37 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Insight: Jindal Budget Team Gets Creative to Make Ends Meet

As reporters and analysts dug deeper into the state budget proposal this week, the plan was scrutinized for it's creative financing, including using the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund as a pass-through account.


Politics
6:54 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Insight: Resolution on Anti-Sodomy Law Rekindles Gay Rights Debate in Metro Council

The Baton Rouge Metro Council on Wednesday considered a resolution to voice support for a bill to be taken up by the state legislature that would get rid of Louisiana’s anti-sodomy law. It was a lively discussion.


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Politics
6:25 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Insight: Louisiana's Abortion Rules, Execution Method in Limbo

There were developments related to two hot-button issues this week in Louisiana: abortion and the death penalty.


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