Jacob Ryan

Jacob Ryan is the urban affairs reporter for WFPL. He is a Kentucky native and moved to Louisville in 2013. Covering issues ranging from transportation, public safety and housing, he looks to provide residents from all of Louisville’s unique neighborhoods with useful information that can boost their quality of life. He is a graduate of Western Kentucky University.

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Louisville Flood Work Group Considers Buyout For Homeowners

May 27, 2015

A work group tasked with coming up with solutions for Louisville homeowners affected by spring flooding is considering a "quick-buy" program that would provide money to qualifying residents to help them raze their homes and relocate. Read Story

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Louisville Police, Council Members to Introduce Body Cameras

May 27, 2015

City officials are encouraging residents to attend a public meeting on Tuesday during which Louisville Metro Police will introduce the body cameras that will soon be worn by some officers. Read Story

Louisville’s July Fourth Festival Returning After Year-Long Hiatus

May 26, 2015

The announcement of the return of a free Fourth of July celebration comes just a day after Abbey Road on the River's organizer said the festival would leave Louisville after 2016. Read Story

Kentucky Should Do More to Put Foster Kids With Family, Report Says

May 26, 2015

Nearly 1,300 of the more than 7,000 kids in the foster care system are without the care and comfort of a family, according to the Kids Count report released earlier this month. Read Story

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Louisville’s Bike Share Program Probably Won’t Launch Until 2016

May 25, 2015

The Louisville bike share program was initially expected to start this summer. Read Story


Here Are Recommendations From the Louisville Metro Police Staffing Study

May 23, 2015

Louisville Metro Police on Friday afternoon released the findings of a year-long study to determine if the department had enough officers. Read Story


How a Preservation Grant Will Retell Kentucky’s LGBT History

May 22, 2015

Standing outside the Henry Clay building in downtown Louisville, a small group of people on Thursday celebrated a big day for LGBT history. Read Story

Preservation Louisville’s Top 10 List of Most Endangered Places

May 21, 2015

Louisville preservationists on Thursday released their annual list of endangered places in and around the city. Read Story


Preservationists Get 30 Days to Save Old Louisville Water Co. Building

May 21, 2015

The two-story building, which housed the Louisville Water Co. from 1910 to 1998, is one of two historic structures remaining on the block slated for the major Omni Hotel development in the coming years. Read Story


Louisville Public Transit Use Among Lowest of Large U.S. Cities

May 20, 2015

Louisville residents use public transportation at one of the lowest rates among the nation's largest cities, according to new research from the University of Michigan. Read Story


Louisville Voters Say Why They’re Casting Ballots, Despite Low Turnout

May 19, 2015

Just about 12 percent of registered voters are expected to show up at the polls for today's Kentucky primary election, according to the Secretary of State's office. Read Story

Louisville Celebrates Graduating Students’ College Pursuits

May 18, 2015

On Monday, Poynter joined nearly 1,500 other Louisville high school seniors at the KFC Yum Center in downtown Louisville at an event celebrating the commitment to go to college. Read Story

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What Louisville Residents Have To Say About Body Cameras

May 18, 2015

Discussions about body cameras and police catapulted into the national spotlight this year after a string of fatal interactions between officers and residents throughout the U.S. Read Story


Louisville Officials Unveil $12 Million Plan to Expand Affordable Housing

May 15, 2015

Apryll Buege spent a large part of her youth in the foster care system. She said she got in some trouble, made some mistakes, but soon realized she needed to pull her life together. Read Story

Louisville Preservation Advocates to Release Annual List of Endangered Places

May 15, 2015

Louisville preservation advocates will soon release the annual list of the city's most endangered historic places. Read Story