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.


What the 2-Year Closing of Louisville’s Convention Center Could Mean for Downtown

April 1, 2015

Each year, farmers in Louisville for the annual Farm Machinery Show spend a lot of money at Sully's Saloon and Restaurant on Fourth Street, manager Benjamin Yates said. The same thing happens throughout the year during events at the Kentucky International Convention Center in downtown Louisville. Read Story


Louisville is Attracting Young Residents at Among the Highest Rates in the U.S.

April 1, 2015

In the years when the economy started recovering from the Great Recession, Louisville had the third-greatest influx of people ages 30 to 34 among large metro areas in the U.S., according to a recently released study by the Census Bureau. Read Story

Louisville Police Hosting Crime Prevention Workshops In Southwest Louisville

March 30, 2015

Louisville Metro Police Department is encouraging residents to attend a meeting in southwest Jefferson County on Tuesday night to discuss crime prevention and conflict resolution. Read Story


Jobs Are Moving Beyond Louisville Residents’ Typical Commutes, Report Says

March 30, 2015

The number of jobs within Louisville area residents' typical commute distances decreased 11 percent from 2000 to 2012, according to a report released this month by the Brookings Institution. Read Story


Former Police Deputy Chief Takes Over Louisville Youth Detention Services

March 27, 2015

The new director of Louisville Metro Youth Detention Services is a 24-year veteran of Louisville Metro Police. Read Story


Louisville’s 2.8-Percent Population Growth Fueled by Suburbs

March 27, 2015

About 34,000 more people are living in the metro area now than compared to about 15 years ago Read Story


Louisville Free Public Library Now Offering Online Learning Program Lynda.com

March 24, 2015

The Louisville Free Public Library is offering another avenue for lifelong learning to area residents. Read Story

Hall of Famer Ted Williams visits the bat factory in the 1940s

Wilson Sporting Goods Buying the Louisville Slugger Brand

March 23, 2015

Hillerich and Bradsby Co. is turning over "global brand, sales and innovation rights" for the Louisville Slugger brand to Wilson Sporting Goods, marking a major change for one of the city's signature brands. Read Story


What Has (and Hasn’t) Changed Since Last Year’s String of Violence in Downtown Louisville

March 23, 2015

A year ago yesterday, Louisville unwittingly stumbled into weeks of soul-searching on the issues of violence prevention and youth outreach. Read Story

In Louisville’s Russell Neighborhood, Prince Charles To Find Struggles, Signs of Hope

March 20, 2015

Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, will spend much of Friday in Louisville visiting various sites. At the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, he's scheduled to appear at a cultural festival. Read Story

Ride Sharing Companies Get Green Light For Louisville Airport Passenger Pick-Ups

March 18, 2015

Residents and visitors in need of a ride from Louisville International Airport will soon be able to take advantage of ride sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. Read Story


Listen to a Day at Work With a Louisville Case Manager For the Homeless

March 18, 2015

For Louisville's homeless residents, case managers are counselors, teachers and movers. They can help people who have lived on the streets—sometimes for decades—adjust to life in a home. Read Story

Proposal to Add Development Restrictions in NuLu Wins Louisville Council Committee Approval

March 17, 2015

More than 10 blocks in the NuLu neighborhood just east of downtown Louisville along Market Street is on track to become the city's next "overlay district." Read Story


Louisville Police Searching For Suspect Who Shot JCPS Bus

March 13, 2015

Louisville Metro Police are searching for suspects in a Friday morning shooting that damaged a Jefferson County Public Schools bus in west Louisville. Read Story