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.

Sami AbdRabbuh /

A dozen professors from a technical university in Saudi Arabia are visiting Purdue to learn how better to engage their students back home.

The researchers and lecturers from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals want to know how to get away from just lecturing students and move toward encouraging more hands-on learning, both in- and out-of-class.

Syed Said is leading the group.

Nicole Mays /

Family and Social Services Administration leaders say collaboration between agencies could help Tippecanoe County become one of five pilot areas for a program designed to address early learning in Indiana.

FSSA spokeswoman Marni Lemons says her agency won’t necessarily choose which counties to award pilot program cash to based on the number of contributing partners, but on how well they work together.


The United States needs to spend more – a lot more – on space flight if astronauts are ever going to land on Mars.

That’s the finding of a report issued by a committee co-chaired by Purdue President Mitch Daniels. Daniels says while the reasons to go to space have changed in the past 60 years, the need to go remains.

Joel Kramer /

West Lafayette leaders have granted a request from schoolteachers to install pianos in two outdoor locations in the city. From July 11 through July 28, the instruments will be chained to benches near the West Lafayette Public Library and Margerum Fountain.

It’s a project spearheaded by the Tippecanoe Music Teachers Association and backed by city councilwoman Vicki Burch. Burch says the city will solicit feedback on whether to expand the program in the future.

LuAnn Snawder /

The mold keeping West Lafayette leaders out of city hall may pose unexpected problems as the city considers upgrading from a third class municipality to a second class one.

That’s because the newly-created clerk’s office will likely need a considerable amount of space, according to one clerk who recently made a similar transition.

Clerk Vicki Conlin says Jeffersonville city leaders didn’t realize how much real estate she and her employees would need when, in 2012, that city made the switch.

Mike Loizzo / WBAA News

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.

Mike Savage / WBAA Radio

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.

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

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!”

Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

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.

Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame /

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.