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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Francophone Roots
12:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

The Future of French in Louisiana

Financial support for French education and maintaining Louisiana's French heritage seems to be waning.

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Economic Development
12:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

BRAC CEO Calls Shaw Buyout a Good Deal For Baton Rouge

Adam Knapp is the President and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. (WRKF)

One week ago today, the Shaw Group announced it agreed to be acquired by Chicago Bridge and Iron.

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The Wage Gap
12:00 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Study Ranks Louisiana Second Worst State For Equal Pay

Earlier this year Congress voted down the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure that would have made it easier for workers to address suspected wage discrimination with their employers.

Louisiana has been ranked one of the worst offenders when it comes to paying women less than men for doing the same job. Efforts by equal pay advocates to make changes at the state level have failed.


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Theater
12:00 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Challenge of a One-Woman Show: Distinguishing the Characters

Helen Jaksch plays a lonely hotel concierge in St. Francisville Transitory Theatre's one-actor drama La Concierge Solitaire. (WRKF)

Imagine having a job as a hotel concierge, but there are no customers to serve. That's what the St. Francisville Transitory Theatre company captures with its one-woman show La Concierge Solitaire.

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In Washington, D.C.
12:00 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Rep. Cassidy Says GOP Will Continue Fight Against Affordable Care Act

Louisiana Republicans were up in arms Thursday after the US Supreme Court's decided to uphold President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

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CityStats
12:00 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Sociologist Says Fear of Crime Out Of Proportion

LSU Professor of Sociology Edward Shihadeh. (WRKF)

The most recent CityStats survey released by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation said that residents are more scared and more concerned that crime will become worse, despite overall crime in the city declining.

To find out why that is, WRKF's Ashley Westerman spoke with LSU Professor of Sociology Edward Shihadeh about the study.

And he said the fear of crime is typically out of proportion with actual crime stats.


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Conservation
12:00 am
Wed May 30, 2012

The State of Honey Bees in Louisiana

Honey bee populations are dwindling across the country. Some experts blame Colony Collapse Disorder while others have linked pesticides and genetically engineered crops to the bee deaths. (PublicDomainPictures/JaniRavas)

Earlier this week Governor Bobby Jindal signed a bill into law that creates a "Save the Honeybee" license plate.

But why are honeybees so important?

For that answer WRKF's Ashley Westerman turned to Dr. Tom Rinderer, the researcher leader at the USDA Honey Bee Lab here in Baton Rouge. That lab will benefit from the proceeds from license plate.

"Honeybees are absolutely vital to American agriculture, they pollinate in excess of $20-billion worth of crops a year," said Rinderer.


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State Legislature
12:00 am
Fri May 11, 2012

With Three Weeks Left, State Legislators Still Have Much To Do

Robert Mann is the Manship Chair and Director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at LSU. (Photo: Provided by Robert Mann)

As of Friday, May 11, the state Legislative session has three weeks until it must adjourn.

The budget has yet to be balanced even though the house passed an amendment Friday to end the dispute over the use of one-time money, and Governor Bobby Jindal's pension reforms remain in limbo.

Robert Mann is the Director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at the Manship School at LSU.

WRKF's Ashley Westerman sat down with him earlier this week and asked what the biggest priority for the legislature is at this point.


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Politics
12:00 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Pension Debate Pits Government vs. Government Workers

Key pieces of the governor's pension reform have started working their way from the legislature.
Credit Alex C. Balla

Key pieces of Governor Bobby Jindal's pension reform have started to make their way through the legislature.

A bill that aims to change retirement eligibility heads to the full House tomorrow for further debate. Meanwhile, legislation to create a cash-balance plan for retirees and raise employee pension contribution by 3-percent is slated for the full Senate floor in the coming weeks.

Jeffrey Sadow is an Associate Professor of Political Science at LSU Shreveport. He is also the author of the Louisiana politics blog "Between The Lines".

Sadow spoke with WRKF's Ashley Westerman via telephone about the political dynamics at play in order to get pension reforms passed.

This audio is pending

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Gulf Coast
12:00 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Coastal Communities Still Feeling Effects Of Spill

A view of the oil source as seen during an overflight on May 20, 2010. (Photo:NOAA)

Two years ago today, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers, and causing the largest marine spill in American history.

Beyond the effects on wildlife, tourism and fishing along the Gulf Coast, the spill has had a lasting impact on the lives and relationships in communities there.

Diane Austin, an anthropologist at the University of Arizona, was part of a research team that published a report last year on those social effects. She talked with WRKF's Ashley Westerman by phone about the pervasiveness of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.


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