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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6th Congressional District Race
5:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Cassidy Seeks A Third Term

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-Dist. 6)
Credit Courtesy of Rep. Bill Cassidy

For the final installment of our conversation series with the 6th Congressional District candidates, WRKF's Ashley Westerman spoke with the incumbent.

Republican Representative Dr. Bill Cassidy is running for his third term in office. Cassidy says if he’s re-elected he’ll continue to work to repeal Obamacare as part of his agenda to reform Medicaid and Medicare, and balance the budget.


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6th Congressional District Race
12:26 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Craig Says Libertarian Party Is Best of Both Worlds

Rufus Craig, Jr., Libertarian, 6th Congressional District Candidate
Credit Courtesy of Rufus Craig Jr.

For the second installment of our series of conversations with the 6th Congressional District candidates, WRKF's Ashley Westerman spoke with Libertarian candidate Rufus Craig, Jr. 

This is the Baton Rouge attorney's second run for this seat. Craig wants to rein in the federal deficit, bring American troops home from Afghanistan and repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

But Craig is also concerned about an issue closer to home.

6th Congressional District Race: Rufus Craig, Jr.

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6th Congressional District Race
12:31 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

Torregano Wants More Clergy in Congress

For the first installment of our series of conversations with the 6th Congressional District candidates WRKF's Ashley Westerman spoke with independent candidate Richard P. Torregano.

Torregano is an electrical technician here in Baton Rouge. And a unique aspect of Torregano's run for office is a portion of his platform he calls "50+1".

Torregano told me it means he wants to see more religiously affiliated people elected to congress. Not just to address social issues but to help tackle the economic and healthcare policy issues dominating debate in Washington.


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3rd Congressional District Race
5:03 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Congressional Candidates Debate Federal Deficit, Farm Bill

Two long-shot contenders for Louisiana's Third Congressional District seat were the only candidates to attend a debate Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club.

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Bomb Threats
10:37 am
Mon October 22, 2012

New Plan Aims To Remedy Evacuation Gridlock

Officials at LSU say they are updating their emergency plan to achieve faster campus-wide evacuations in the cases of emergencies.

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On the Ballot
10:01 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Parish Traffic Updates Could Improve Regional Traffic Flow

Ascension Parish residents will vote this election on a new sales tax to fund road improvements throughout the parish.

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Higher Education
10:42 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Researchers Win Grant To Answer Questions About Universe

Two LSU researchers have won a $250,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

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Education Overhaul
10:53 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Denied Request Could Help Clarify Public Records Exemption

The state Department of Education is again denying a request from the Associated Press for information on how schools were chosen to participate in Governor Jindal's voucher program.

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Katrina Recovery
12:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Loan Clinches Funding For New NOLA Hospital

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved money for the construction of a new hospital in New Orleans East.

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Economy
12:00 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Louisiana's High Poverty Rate Persists

The latest American Community Survey from the US Census Bureau was released Thursday. The stats reveal the percentage of individuals in Louisiana living in poverty rose from 18.7 percent to 20.1 percent between 2010 and 2011.

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