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.

Volunteers Sought For Kentucky Foster Care Review Boards

April 20, 2015

The volunteers are needed to review cases of children placed in foster care and to ensure speedy placement in permanent homes, said Dolores Smith, a spokeswoman for the Kentucky Department of Family and Juvenile Services. Read Story


Directing Thunder Over Louisville Is a Family Tradition

April 17, 2015

Perched on the 24th floor of the Galt House, the Thunder Over Louisville command center is a refashioned hotel room stuffed with computers, control decks and soundboards—all the switches and buttons needed to bring the boom that kicks-off the Kentucky Derby Festival. Read Story


Flooding Should Cause Few Issues For Thunder Over Louisville, Festival Official Says

April 17, 2015

A surging Ohio River is expected to have a minimal effect on this weekend’s Thunder Over Louisville festivities, despite flooding on some of portions of the waterfront viewing area. Read Story


Louisville Makes Push To Decrease Pedestrian Deaths

April 16, 2015

Louisville's rate of pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 residents is 2.57, according to data provided by the city. That rate is higher than the national rate of 2.33 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents, Fischer said. Read Story


What Would Need to Happen For Louisville to Get a Major League Soccer Team?

April 16, 2015

Advocates of bring pro sports to Louisville have for years focused on the bringing a National Basketball Association to the city. But Louisville is best suited for hosting a Major League Soccer team, according to a recent study by the American City Business Journal. Read Story


Some Things To Know For Thunder Over Louisville

April 14, 2015

Thunder Over Louisville is Saturday, meaning that day will likely be the busiest of the year for downtown Louisville. Read Story


Preservationists Hope Not All Is Lost For Louisville’s Water Company Block

April 14, 2015

For nearly a century, what's now a heap of bricks, twisted metal and glass made up the façades of the Morrissey Parking Garage and the Falls City Theater Company building in downtown Louisville. Read Story

Salvation Army of Louisville Launches Initiative to Help Struggling Families

April 14, 2015

Officially launched today by the Salvation Army of Louisville, the Pathway to Hope initiative aims to "break the cycle of crisis for families with children." Read Story

MOVE Louisville Transportation Plan Delayed

April 11, 2015

An expansive, multi-modal transportation plan is still in the works for Louisville, despite recent delays. The Move Louisville strategic plan was initiated in November 2013. Officials expected to have a finalized plan within 10 months of that date, according to … Read Story


New Program Aims to House More of Louisville’s Homeless

April 7, 2015

A new partnership between the Louisville Metro Housing Authority and the Coalition for the Homeless aims to help more homeless residents find permanent housing. The “Move Up” program hopes to free up housing vouchers to  allow more chronically homeless residents to be served, despite … Read Story


Flooding Drives Some Louisville Residents From Their Homes

April 3, 2015

At about 4 a.m. Friday morning, Nathan Milner sloshed through waist deep water surging into his ground-floor apartment in the Bashford Manor neighborhood. Read Story


What Would You Say to President Obama? Louisvillians Weigh In.

April 3, 2015

Hours before Air Force One even departed from Washington, D.C., a crowd was gathered on East Main Street in downtown Louisville eagerly awaiting the arrival of President Obama. Read Story


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