Ashley Westerman

Host and Reporter

Ashley, born in Manila, Philippines, was adopted and raised in Western Kentucky. She is a 2010 University of Kentucky graduate with a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science. She also attended the University of Maryland for graduate studies in Journalism for one year. Ashley interned with Morning Edition at NPR Headquarters in Washington, DC, in 2011 and was hired afterward as a temp production assistant. In March 2012, Ashley started her reporting and hosting career at WRKF. She is also a member of the Center for International Journalists 2013 International Reporting Fellowship Program. In addition to public radio, Ashley also loves UK basketball, her Fantasy Football team, traveling and cats.

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50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination
6:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

The Kennedys: Capturing America's Camelot

John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.
Stanley Tretick

As journalist and author Kitty Kelley conducted research for her unauthorized biography of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, she became good friends with photographer Stanley Tretick. He is best known for his coverage of President John F. Kennedy’s 1960 campaign and presidency for Look magazine, and for taking iconic pictures like the one of John Jr. playing under his father’s desk in the Oval Office.

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New Orleans Heathcare
6:00 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Clinic-based Network Could Be New Healthcare Model for NOLA's Uninsured

The Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans flagship location on Carrollton Av. in New Orleans. This location was once a bank and transformed into a holistic healthcare services center after Hurricane Katrina.
Credit Daughts of Charity Serivces

After Charity Hospital in New Orleans closed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, community clinics filled the gap in care for the poor and uninsured.

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What We're Reading
5:41 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Segregated Soliders: Military Training at the Core of the Fight for Civil Rights

Credit LSU Press

In his new book, “Segregated Soldiers: Military Training at Historically Black Colleges in the Jim Crow South”, historian Marcus Cox argues that African Americans leveraged military service to claim their civil rights.

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Medicaid Managed Care
5:45 am
Tue November 5, 2013

DHH Wants More Medicaid Privatization, Stakeholders Hesitant

The state Dept. of Health and Hospitals is looking to privatize the managed care for Medicaid patients with developmental disabilities and low-income elderly.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The state Department of Health and Hospitals is taking preliminary steps to further privatize Medicaid in Louisiana. In August, DHH released a concept paper about reforms to long-term care for the developmentally disabled and low-income elderly.

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Books We're Reading
6:00 am
Tue October 29, 2013

Ghost Stories of Old New Orleans

Credit LSU Press

Just in time for Halloween, LSU Press has republished the 1946 classic "Ghost Stories of New Orleans" - a collection of 40 ghastly tales by journalist and New Orleans native Jeanne deLavigne.

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Gospel Music
6:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

The Louisiana Gospel Tradition

Tim Muffitt is in his 15th season as Conductor and Music Director of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra

This Friday the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra will take on Louisiana’s gospel music history for the very first time.

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The Affordable Care Act
6:27 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Answering Some of Your Questions About Louisiana's Health Insurance Marketplace

The health insurance marketplaces are now open for enrollment but there's still a lot of confusion about how the exchanges work, what insurance plans are offered and who qualifies for tax credits and subsidies.

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Business
2:26 am
Wed October 2, 2013

World Immigration Called 'Win-Win' For Rich Nations, And Poor

Migrant workers from Nepal take part in a Labor Day rally in Hong Kong in May. This week, the United Nations holds a high-level meeting on issues related to worldwide migration.
Philippe Lopez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 8:49 am

The number of people who leave their countries to work abroad is soaring, according to the United Nations. More than 200 million people now live outside their country of origin, up from 150 million a decade ago.

And migration isn't just from poor countries to rich countries anymore. There also is significant migration from rich country to rich country — and even from poor country to poor.

Beginning Thursday, the U.N. will hold a high-level meeting on the subject in New York.

Moving For Work

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The Affordable Care Act
6:00 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Explaining the Health Insurance Exchanges

On Oct. 1 the health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act start the 6-month enrollment period. This means the uninsured or people who buy their own health insurance can now go to one place online and compare plans side-by-side.

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The Affordable Care Act
6:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Setting Up Louisiana's Health Insurance Exchange

A map of each state's decision how their healthcare exchanges would be set up.
Credit Kaiser Family Foundation

In every state on Oct. 1, health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act will begin enrolling customers for plans that take effect January 1, 2014.

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