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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The new head of the Purdue University Extension’s agriculture and natural resources programs says he’ll focus on food security. But that may mean butting heads with activists opposed to genetically-modified crops.

If recent marches against agriculture company Monsanto are any indication, there are plenty of people concerned that too many crops are produced by lab techs first and farmers second.

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3:45 p.m. Update:

Montgomery and Clinton Counties are among a list of nine Indiana counties whose appeal for federal winter weather funding have been approved.

Governor Mike Pence had asked federal administrators to reconsider the applications of about 30 counties that indicated the cold, snowy winter sapped their emergency preparedness budgets more than planned.

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Bicycle enthusiasts used Friday’s third-to-last day of school as a chance to get more kids to bike to school -- and to raise awareness about how much is still to be done to make Lafayette truly accommodating to those on two wheels.

Crossing guard Judith Sierzputowski called kids by name as she saw them, but says it’s uncommon to see students on bikes.

“I only have a few," she says. "I have what I call the 'biker girls'. There’s two girls who bike almost every day – even in the winter in the ice and the snow they rode their bikes!”

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Termites have long been seen as unique in the animal kingdom – Think about it: how many other species can you name that digest wood? But until a few years ago, it wasn’t affordable to sequence a termite’s entire genome.

Now that the price has come down, Purdue entomology professor Mike Scharf and about 60 colleagues worldwide have developed a gene map and are looking for weak spots in the bugs’ genetic code.

“We can target those particular things in a more efficient way to eventually get better termiticides,” Scharf says.

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The woman who’s been the Purdue women’s basketball coach for the last eight seasons now has a contract to remain in that job for another six.

Sharon Versyp has signed a contract extension through the 2019-2020 season. Since becoming coach, Versyp’s teams have won 184 games – that’s just 22 fewer than the program won during the tenure of its all-time winningest coach, Lin Dunn, who now coaches the NBA’s Indiana Fever.

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Purdue Airport officials say despite a plan to expand the facility’s two runways, travelers shouldn’t expect regular commercial air service to West Lafayette any time soon.

Airport Director Betty Stansbury says the demand for flights isn’t likely to meet airlines’ needs, even if improvements are made. She says the runways are capable of handling those flights now, but the airport has a reputation for not being able to keep client airlines…

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility / https://www.flickr.com/photos/armgov/4772756538

Central Indiana’s rapid temperature shift this week has produced the possibility for a rare weather condition: the cold air funnel.

Mike Baldwin, a meteorology professor in Purdue University’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, says it’s a type of weak tornado.

“During the day when the sun comes out, even a little bit of sunshine will warm up the surface and the low-level air enough for that air to become unstable,” Baldwin says.

Keith Cooper / https://www.flickr.com/photos/cooperweb/8363160192

As he asked the school’s Board of Trustees Friday to give preliminary approval to a third year of a tuition freeze, Purdue University President Mitch Daniels indicated holding the line on tuition is causing Purdue donors to be more generous.

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Leaders at some of Indiana’s other universities say they’re keeping an eye on Purdue’s plan to freeze tuition for a third year, but it’s not impacting them.

The plan will be formally presented to Purdue Trustees Friday morning by President Mitch Daniels, who says he’s not sure how long the school will continue the practice. It keeps Purdue’s overall cost lower than most, if not all, of the state’s private colleges.

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Purdue University is set to extend its tuition freeze into a third year. President Mitch Daniels, who made the freeze one of his first announcements upon taking the reins of the school, will seek formal approval of the move at Friday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

On Tuesday, the president was quick to say he couldn’t predict how long the policy would last, however.

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