I was born in New York City and raised outside of Detroit.  I graduated from Michigan State University in 2007 with an Honor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism and then took a reporting job in southern Illinois.   I worked there for about five months before taking over as the News and Sports Director at two stations in central Minnesota.  After two-and-a-half years in the frigid cold, I accepted the position at WBAA in June of 2010.  I have really enjoyed my time working in the West Lafayette area.    I love being out in the community covering a wide range of events from school board and city council meetings to elections and football and basketball games.

Local News
8:07 am
Sun May 26, 2013

The Changing State of the News Media; Diane Rehm Joins WFPL News Panel Discussion

Louisville Public Media President Donovan Reynolds, Diane Rehm and WFPL's Gabe Bullard
Credit Kirsten Pfalzgraf/Louisville Public Media

The American news media is beset by challenges—technology offering new ways to disseminate news, changes in how news organizations are funded and the rise of political talking heads.

And that's a very quick summary of the issues.

On Friday, WFPL convened a panel to discuss a national news media landscape in flux. 

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Education
6:59 am
Sun May 26, 2013

JCPS May Start Online Streaming Board Meetings

Louisville Metro Government already streams its meetings online. It moved to live streaming on smart phones this month.

Jefferson County Public Schools may soon begin streaming its board meetings online, an initiative under  contemplation for the past two years.

The idea of streaming board meetings has been brought up on occasion by parents and residents unable or unwilling to attend the Monday meetings that are held regularly every couple weeks (in some cases more or less).

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Politics
10:25 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Noise and Notes: Super Politics

Summer brings with it the big Hollywood blockbusters, which more and more are based on the characters and stories in comic books.

The genre of made up for 14 percent of box office sales last year with iconic and lesser known figures. Beneath the spandex of super heroes, however, are important themes.

Whether it's street crime, metal illness or racial discrimination, comics have put those topics at the forefront of their issues for decades.

Fiction has also often been used to highlight history real life politics, and comics are no different.

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The Two-Way
11:20 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Missouri Train Collision Injures 7, Collapses Overpass

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 11:04 am

Two freight trains collided in Scott County, Mo., early Saturday morning, leaving seven injured and collapsing an overpass.

KMOV-TV reports:

"Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says a Union Pacific train t-boned a Burlington Northern train that had just made it through an intersection.

"The collision caused one of the trains to derail and hit a pillar under the overpass causing it to collapse. At least a dozen train cars derailed.

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Local News
10:34 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Bardstown Police Officer Fatally Shot

Bardstown Police Department

A Bardstown Police officer was found shot to death this morning outside his cruiser on a Bluegrass Parkway exit ramp.

The Kentucky Standard reports that 33 year old Officer Jason Scott Ellis was on his way home from work when he was shot on Exit Ramp 34, sometime before 3:00am. He was in uniform and his emergency lights were flashing.

Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin says there had been no radio contact from Ellis prior to the shooting.

National News
6:33 am
Sat May 25, 2013

'Please, No More Clothes': Relief Groups Ask For Cash

Relief agencies like the American Red Cross say monetary donations give them the greatest flexibility to address victims' needs.
Erik Lesser EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 4:38 pm

The tornado that devastated much of Moore, Okla., has drawn loads of donations from across the country: food, clothing, medical supplies, toys. Much of it is needed by the victims, but not everything.

After every disaster, relief groups usually ask for one thing: money. But writing a check or texting a donation isn't always that satisfying for those who want so desperately to help.

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The Salt
6:32 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Men Are More Likely to Fire Up the Grill—But That's Changing

Ladies, why are we letting the menfolk dominate the grilling?
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue May 28, 2013 11:36 am

There's a lot of innovation in grilling — everything from fancy briquettes to gadgets that help grill veggies to perfection.

But according to survey data from the NPD Group, one thing that's not changing is who's firing up the grill.

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The Two-Way
4:39 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Google Reportedly Faces FTC Antitrust Probe Over Display Ads

Originally published on Fri May 24, 2013 2:52 pm

The Federal Trade Commission is in the early stages of opening an antitrust probe into how Google runs its online display advertising business, according to a report by Bloomberg News, citing sources who want to remain anonymous because the FTC has not announced the probe.

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Local News
3:50 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Byline | Shanklin Trial; Metro Budget; Running Against Mitch; Spalding MFA Writers

Here's what we covered on Byline today (full audio available below):

At the top - The removal trial of Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has been scheduled for July 23. Shanklin is accused of violating the Metro Government Code of Ethics, and she faces removal by a Metro Council court.  We talk about the trial and the legal maneuvering in advance of the proceedings with WFPL’s Philip M. Bailey and Devin Katayama.

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