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.

Louisville Metro Police Establishes New Task Force To Combat Spike In Homicides

February 27, 2015

Louisville Metro Police is teaming with federal law enforcement agencies to establish a new task force to address a recent surge in homicides, officials announced on Thursday. Read Story


Louisville Man’s Life and Death Highlights Plight of Homeless

February 26, 2015

Kenny Winfield had a job and a home years ago, but family and friends say a personal tragedy and alcohol abuse led him to life on Louisville's streets—a situation common among the homeless, one expert said. Read Story

A Homeless Man Died Last Night In Louisville’s Frigid Weather

February 20, 2015

Kenneth Winfield had been a frequent visitor of the St. John Center for Homeless Men during the past four years. Read Story


Louisville Metro Police Community Conversation Postponed

February 19, 2015

The event will be held on to Feb. 26. It was originally scheduled for Thursday. Read Story

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Broadway in Louisville Plans ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Phantom of the Opera’

February 19, 2015

Season ticket packages are now on sale for the 2015-2016 Broadway in Louisville season, which will include a new production of "The Phantom of the Opera"—a show not seen in Louisville in eight years. Read Story


Extreme Cold Means Miserable Work Days For Some in Louisville

February 19, 2015

You won't likely get rich working at the tire repair shop at 18th and Market Street. But in this weather you're sure to get cold. Read Story


For Louisville’s Homeless, a Cold and Snowy Night Means Scrambling For Food and a Bed

February 18, 2015

It was about noon on Wednesday and Kenneth Williams hadn't eaten breakfast. In fact, he hasn't eaten since Tuesday afternoon--a peanut butter sandwich. Read Story


Technology Boosts Library Usage in Kentucky

February 17, 2015

Kentucky residents checked out more than 30.7 million items in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Read Story


How Peer Cities Are Chosen For Louisville’s Downtown

February 13, 2015

So, what are Louisville's peer cities? How did they become peers and, more importantly, do they even matter? Read Story


Steve Magre is the New Louisville Metro Council Member From District 10

February 12, 2015

Steve Magre was chosen Thursday night to represent District 10 on the Louisville Metro Council. Read Story

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Louisville Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz to Retire

February 11, 2015

A national search is on to find a replacement for Mike Heitz, who is retiring after 12 years as director of Louisville Metro Parks. Read Story

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What’s the State of Downtown Louisville? Here Are Takeaways From Tuesday’s Presentation

February 10, 2015

The presentation covered these and other issues—such as education, employment and transportation—that can have lasting impacts on residents' quality of life. Read Story


Underground Bike Park Opens in Louisville’s Mega Cavern

February 9, 2015

At 350,000 square feet, the park is the largest indoor bicycle park in the world, said Alec Zaremba, the park supervisor. Read Story


Louisville Metro Council District 10 Applicants To Be Interviewed Today

February 9, 2015

The seat for District 10, which includes Buechel, Camp Taylor and Germantown, was left vacant following the death of council President Jim King in January. Read Story


Investigation Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in Louisville Metro Animal Services Abuse Allegations

February 6, 2015

No charges will be filed following a months-long investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in Louisville Metro Animal Services, Mayor Greg Fischer's office said on Friday. Read Story