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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Poverty
12:00 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Poverty Numbers Up In Louisiana

The US Census Bureau released findings from its 2011 American Community Survey on Thursday.

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Bomb Threats
12:00 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Baton Rouge Man Arrested In Connection With Bomb Threat

An arrest has been made in the bomb threat directed toward LSU's campus on Monday.

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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Isaac Surcharge on Electric Bills Likely

Entergy is estimating Hurricane Isaac caused between $400 to $500 million worth of damage to its power grid. Some of the repair costs is very likely to fall on customers.

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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Citrus Growers See Worst Damage Ever From Hurricane Isaac

The LSU Ag Center reports that Hurricane Isaac caused the worst damage in memory to citrus crops in Plaquemines Parish.

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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Thu September 13, 2012

FEMA Opens Nearly 20 Disaster Recovery Centers After Issac

It's been two weeks since Hurricane Isaac hit Louisiana and FEMA has since opened 18 disaster recovery centers across the state.

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Isaac's Aftermath
12:00 am
Mon September 3, 2012

Power Being Restored At Same Pace As After Katrina, Gustav

The state Public Service Commission reported Monday that about 131,000 homes and businesses were still without electricity. That's about 6-percent of customers state-wide.

After Isaac came ashore six days ago, more than 900,000 were without power.

Entergy, the state's largest electricity provider, was able to make significant progress restoring power over the weekend thanks to, in part, new technology that pin-points damage in specific lines.

But as Entergy spokeswoman Sheila Pounders told WRKF's Ashley Westerman, the speed of restoration is still about the same as it was after Katrina, Gustav and Rita. And that, at this point, the level of restoration varies from place to place.


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Severe Weather
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Red Cross Here To Open Shelters and Offer Relief From Isaac

Tropical Storm Isaac has prompted the opening of emergency evacuation shelters all over the state. As of right now, East Baton Rouge Parish has no opened shelters.

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Severe Weather
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Staying Off Roads Is Fastest Way To Clean Up After Isaac

Since Isaac is such a slow moving storm, as Holden said, strong winds for a long period of time are going to be a concern.

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Hurricane Isaac
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

As Isaac Approaches Baton Rouge, Holden Says Safety Is Priority

Mayor-President Kip Holden at the East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Operations Center.
Credit WRKF/Ashley Westerman

As Isaac approaches Baton Rouge, city officials are now on a 24-hour information cycle to better inform and help residents.

WRKF's Ashley Westerman spoke with East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden And he says wind and rain are the main concern as the Isaac hits the Capital Area.


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Food and Drink
12:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

A Crash Course in Jambalaya

Fifty-four teams competed in this year's ExxonMobil United Way Jambalaya Cook-Off. (WRKF)

A few weeks ago WRKF's Ashley Westerman was asked to be a judge at the 23rd Annual ExxonMobil United Way Jambalaya Cook-Off.

The event is the official kick-off of the 2012 United Way Campaign.

As someone who has only been in the state for a little over five months, Westerman knew it would be a crash course in Louisiana Cuisine.


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