Stan Jastrzebski

News Director

Stan Jastrzebski has spent a career in radio, with postings as News Director of NPR member stations WFSU in Tallahassee, Fla. and WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., and time as a reporter at WGN Radio in Chicago and WIBC Radio in Indianapolis. 

Stan holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Indiana Broadcasters Association. 

He spends his time away from the newsroom with his wife and daughter and enjoys board games, tennis and trivia competitions.

Ways to Connect

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Small Indiana cities struggling to fight back against blight and deadbeat landlords may get another tool this legislative session.

Last year, lawmakers allowed the use of so-called “land banks” for medium-size, or Class II, cities. But smaller Class III cities were not afforded the same right. A similar bill this year would change that.

Land banking lets cities scoop up delinquent properties in hopes of selling them to developers who will take care of the land and make it profitable again.

City of Frankfort

Frankfort Police spent a lot of extra effort interdicting drugs and cracking down on suspected drunk drivers in 2016.

It’s resulted in nearly 50-percent more DUI citations and a rise in drug arrests as well.

So is this the tip of the iceberg or do these numbers represent the start of a solution that gets at the core of both problems?

courtesy NASA

The last man to walk on the moon – NASA astronaut and Purdue University graduate Gene Cernan -- has died.

Cernan became the answer to a trivia question when he was the last human to leave his footprints on the lunar surface as part of the Apollo 17 crew in 1972.

But historian John Norberg, who’s written about Purdue’s connections to the space race, says Cernan wouldn’t want today’s students to think of him that way.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Listeners to WBAA’s Ask The Mayor know we’ve spent considerable time in the last couple months talking to the mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette about the possibility of a needle exchange in the county.

This week on our conversation with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, a listener wants to know where the mayor gets whatever information makes him believe that handing out clean syringes to injection drug users will increase crime in a city that’s desperately trying to keep criminals in check.

City of West Lafayette

It’s no secret the city of West Lafayette aims to look significantly different in the next few years.

The State Street redesign gets underway in earnest this year, with a major portion of the road set to close this summer. But what about the buildings along the road?

City leaders have approved several new mixed-use developments – some of them so tall they may need special clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration before ground is broken.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

When the head of the budget-writing House Ways and Means Committee is from your city, there’s the temptation to ask for some carve-outs – hometown perks, if you will – in the state’s spending plan.

Jae Lee / WBAA News

Purdue officials have taken their fair share of heat for the restructuring of the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne campus.

Critics have called the changes a fait accompli, have said there was little to no faculty input taken in either West Lafayette or Fort Wayne and even some Purdue Trustees worry IU officials are trying to pull a fast one on a Purdue administration led by fiscally conservative President Mitch Daniels which is constantly concerned with trying to trim budgets.

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The lead architect of Tippecanoe County’s proposed needle exchange program says he hopes to work through multiple problems simultaneously in 2017.

County Health Officer Jeremy Adler admits he’ll have to find a way to pay for the program and secure the blessing of Lafayette’s mayor and police chief at the same time.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

The following school corporations have changed their schedules for Monday, 12/19:

CLOSED:
Benton Community
MSD of Warren County

TWO-HOUR DELAY:
Attica Consolidated
Carroll Consolidated
Clinton Central
Clinton Prairie
Covington Christian (and no before care)
Covington Community
Delphi Community
Frontier
Frankfort Community
Lafayette School Corp.

Lafayette Catholic Schools
North White
Southeast Fountain

Tippecanoe County

Tri-County
Twin Lakes

Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership / https://www.flickr.com/photos/northeastindiana/

As expected, the Purdue University Trustees have approved the broad outlines of a plan to realign Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

But unlike the vast majority of the board’s votes, Friday’s was not without its dissenters.

Some trustees worry there isn’t enough detail in the plan, outside of noting which programs are slated for elimination or for a switch from one school’s governance to the other.

Others say they’re concerned the agreement may become a financial drain on Purdue.

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