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.

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Recent years have been both the best of pines and the worst of pines for Greater Lafayette. Both cities have been named a Tree City USA, but bugs have decimated some species. But, not wanting to rest on those laurels, Lafayette’s Urban Forester Tim Detzner came up with the Dickens-named project.

“We should probably apologize to him for that,” Detzner says.

City of Frankfort

Frankfort’s Mayor is on the mend this week after an accident in his home a few days ago. On this episode of WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we get Chris McBarnes’ take on what happened.

Also: Does the mayor agree with his police chief’s assessment that the city’s police station is stuck in the 1970s? The county has levied a new tax to try to fix that – a tax the fiscal conservative mayor says he’s in favor of.

City of Frankfort

A severe burn to one of his arms has required medical care for Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes.

“It was a nasty burn," says city Human Resouces Director Jack Dodd. "And so he received treatment down in Indianapolis and it required an overnight stay in the hospital. So he underwent some surgery and is doing well.”

Dodd declined to say how the mayor burned his arm, but did say McBarnes is expected to return to the office within a few days.

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A group of about 50 City of West Lafayette employees, all clad in blue tee shirts, flanked the city’s redesigned State Street Monday, welcoming Purdue students back to campus. WBAA’s Stan Jastrzebski walked along with Mayor John Dennis and City Clerk Sana Booker and sent an audio postcard.

MKE Sports & Entertainment/Prospect League

It took just two years for Lafayette's Prospect League baseball team to win a title.

The team defeated Pennsylvania’s Butler BlueSox Sunday evening 12-0, thanks in part to a couple Indiana college players.

Purdue University’s Evan Kennedy – one of only a couple players to be an Aviator in both 2016 and 2017 -- hit a two-run home run early in the game that eventually proved the decisive blow.

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The first section of West Lafayette's State Street overhaul has reopened on schedule.

Cars had begun going back up Chauncey Hill from River Road to University Street on the Purdue campus by early evening Sunday.

Earlier in the summer, heavy rains had threatened the timetable for the road's reintroduction to public life, but construction firm Rieth Reilly had removed all its equipment from the main thoroughfare's open section Sunday.

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Tippecanoe County Health Department officials Friday tried to bar reporters from the public building where the county’s needle exchange had begun operating.

Reporters were able to talk with public health nurse Khala Hochstedler until a few minutes before 1 p.m. Friday, when she claimed they had to leave the building.

But because Tippecanoe County decided to start its program over the objections of Lafayette and West Lafayette officials, it had to be in a county-owned space – one that, by definition, is open to the public.

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Despite months of objections from Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, Tippecanoe County gets its needle exchange this week – at a fixed location in a neighborhood that Roswarski said he wanted specifically to avoid.

This week on WBAA's Ask The Mayor, we pose this question to the mayor: did all that opposition force the county’s hand into deciding to use the health department’s site as the home of the controversial program?

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After fewer than six minutes of public discussion Thursday afternoon, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education approved Purdue University’s plan to merge with online educator Kaplan University.

The ICHE is one of a handful of bodies that has to sign off on the merger before it can officially proceed and the educational offerings of the two institutions may become one.

Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Though the announcement came a few days earlier than he’d planned, West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski says he’s running for Tippecanoe County Sheriff in next year’s election.

A countdown on his campaign website shows there are still more than 270 days until 2018’s primary election, in which the police chief of ten years could face off against current GOP sheriff Barry Richard, who won the office in 2014.

Calls to Sheriff Richard’s office seeking comment Monday went unreturned.

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