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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Super Bowl 2013
12:37 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

BR Hotels Rake In $2.54 Million Over Super Bowl Weekend

Super Bowl XLVIIgenerated a major boost for Baton Rouge tourism. That’s according to Smith Travel Research, which tracks hotel occupancy nationwide, and capital city tourism officials are pleased with the numbers.

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The Academy Awards
7:55 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Quvenzhané Wallis on Being From Louisiana, Being Hushpuppy

Quvenzhané Wallis as the lead character, Hushpuppy, in "Beasts of the Southern Wild".
Credit Fox Searchlight Pictures

The 85th Academy Awards are this coming Sunday, and Louisiana is very well represented in terms of movies filmed in the Bayou State as well as actors with roots here.

Beasts of the Southern Wild, which was shot in the Terrebonne Parish town of Montegut, has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay Adaptation.

At 9, Houma native Quvenzhané Wallis is the youngest nominee ever for Best Actress for her lead role in the film. In the film, Wallis plays Hushpuppy - a rambunctious child who must overcome a great deal of adversity when her world falls apart.


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High School Athletics
1:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Long-Time HS Football Coach: 'Playoff Split Changes What LHSAA Is All About'

Dale Weiner, Baton Rouge Catholic High School Head Football Coach
Credit Baton Rouge Catholic High School

At the end of January, the Louisiana High School Athletic Association voted to separate high school football playoffs into two divisions: one for select admission schools – such as private and parochial schools – and another for non-select public schools. 

Baton Rouge Catholic High School Head Football Coach Dale Weiner is a graduate of Baton Rouge High and has been coaching high school football in Louisiana for 38 years. Although most of his career has been spent at private and parochial schools, he was an assistant coach for two years at a public school.

Weiner said he never conceived the association would take a step like this.

“This kind of came out of left field for me and so, you know, I was a little shocked at the outcome and am disappointed in it," said Weiner.

Weiner says the move essentially changes what LHSAA is all about.


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Medicaid
11:47 am
Thu February 7, 2013

DHH Secretary on Healthcare Cuts: It's All About Efficiency

Bruce Greenstein, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Credit Dept. of Health and Hospitals

Almost $83 million in cuts to healthcare programs and services went into effect Friday to shore up a mid-year deficit in the state budget. These are separate from a previous round of cuts made in July.

The latest round of reductions includes cuts to services for at-risk children and low-income moms, as well as a one percent drop in the rate paid to hospitals and physicians for non-primary Medicaid services. 


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Super Bowl 2013
3:42 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

BR Gets Tourism Bump From Super Bowl Spill-Over

Baton Rouge promoted its accommodations to Super Bowl fans.
Credit Visit Baton Rouge

Preliminary data from the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation shows Super Bowl XLVII brought an estimated 150,000 visitors to New Orleans, and is expected to rake in an estimated $432 million for the city’s economy.

Just about 80 miles up the road here in the capital city, tourism spill-over from the Super Bowl-boom gave Baton Rouge a bit of an economic bump as well.

Visit Baton Rouge President and CEO Paul Arrigo says Baton Rouge started planning for Super Bowl 2013 in 2009, when New Orleans was initially chosen for the site.

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Brain Drain
6:48 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Student Surveys Reveal More LSU Grads Staying In State

Director of LSU Career Services Mary Feduccia says according to her office, more LSU graduates are staying in Louisiana.
Credit WRKF

At the start of the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit in November, keynote speaker Mitchell J. Silver – who works for the Department of City Planning in Raleigh, North Carolina – gave his audience some constructive criticism:

“Baton Rouge, you’re not keeping your young people. They're leaving," said Silver.


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LSU Hospitals
5:24 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Local Partnerships Key To LSU Hospital Privatization

As privatization moves forward, the LSU hospital system is focused on partnering with health care providers already operating in the communities where LSU facilities are.

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High School Athletics
1:02 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

State High School Football Playoffs To Be Split

Starting this fall high school football teams in Louisiana will compete in separate playoff divisions: one for select admission schools – such as private and parochial schools – and another for non-select public schools.

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Keystone XL Pipeline
1:09 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Senators Push Again For Pipeline Permit

On Tuesday, Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman approved an adjusted route for the Keystone XL Pipeline that avoids that state’s fragile Sand Hills. Soon after, 53 senators – including both from Louisiana – wrote a letter to President Obama supporting the project.

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High School Athletics
12:54 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

State High Schools to Vote on Playoff Changes

2009 Football Jamboree
Credit Kevin Domingue / Kiwanis Club of Lafayette

The issue as to whether public and private high schools should compete in separate playoffs is a major topic at the annual Louisiana High School Athletic Association conference in Baton Rouge this week.

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