Emilie Syberg

Reporter / Morning Edition Host

On November 27, 2017, we welcomed Emilie Syberg to the WBAA family. Emilie has recently returned to the states, after participating in the Peace Corps from June 2014 to August of 2016, where she worked as an English teacher in Zambia. After attending grad school for Journalism at Northwestern University, Emilie joined WBAA as a Morning Show Host and Reporter. Emilie is passionate about the morning show series because she believes it is a great way to start your day. As a reporter, Emilie enjoys that the process of reporting one feature can blossom into a series of stories. In the future she is looking forward to reporting on the issues that are affecting low income families and individuals. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting museums, and is an avid news junkie. WBAA is excited to have Emilie Syberg as a part of our team and we look forward to seeing what she has in store for the future.

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West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis issued an executive order Friday ending the enforcement of the city’s mask-wearing ordinance. The move followed Thursday’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or socially distance.

Dennis reiterated Friday he will urge the complete withdrawal of the mandate at the next city council meeting on June 7. 


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: construction of Lafayette’s planned public safety building and parking garage is on the way after a groundbreaking ceremony for the facilities in the first week of May. What’s next as the new spaces take shape, and how will the city continue to incorporate public feedback into the process?

In our talk with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski, we’ll discuss how new Indiana law that gives decision-making power to local elected leaders as the debate over COVID-19 restrictions continues. How will the city work with the county on future decisions?


The state of Indiana indicted Wabash Township Trustee Jennifer Teising Wednesday on 20 counts of theft. 

(Screenshot of Purdue University video)

Purdue University President Mitch Daniels urged the school community Tuesday to receive a COVID-19 vaccine ahead of the upcoming academic year, but stopped short of making the shots a requirement. 

“The vaccines can no longer be called experimental,” Daniels said in a video. “They’ve been administered to hundreds of millions of people. They work, wondrously.” 


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette’s mask mandate could be lifted next month. How will the city continue to transition away from COVID-19 restrictions as summer approaches and COVID vaccinations become even easier to obtain, for an even broader range of age groups?  


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: COVID-19 vaccinations are widely available in Indiana, and health departments are urging residents to sign up for their shot. As supply meets demand, what’s the outreach plan for Hoosiers who are hesitant to get vaccinated?

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: the construction of Frankfort’s new police station is on its way. What amenities are in this long-planned space, and what’s the benefit to residents? And what are the plans for the city’s current station after the police department makes the transition?


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana’s statewide mask mandate ended this week, leaving it up to local governments to decide on stricter measures. While West Lafayette’s mask ordinance remains, Lafayette is following the governor’s lead and lifting the mandate – except at city hall, where face coverings are required for a few more weeks. What’s the reasoning behind these decisions?


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: mask mandates are back up for debate in Indiana after Gov. Eric Holcomb announced an end to the statewide order starting next week. In West Lafayette, the local mandate will remain in place. How will area residents navigate different rules in different places in the coming months?


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced this week that statewide COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted next month – though local leaders and businesses can still maintain stricter guidelines. Will cities and counties follow the state’s lead, or hold onto area restrictions for the time being?

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: postponed plans for a long-awaited aquatics center were set back in motion this month in Frankfort. What will the new space bring to the city and surrounding areas, and what’s next on the to-do list?

This week in our talk with Frankfort Mayor Judy Sheets, we’ll discuss the city’s downtown development, with plans for new apartments and retail space and the demolition of an old hospital. What are the mayor’s project priorities as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to slow and the city can re-focus on what’s ahead?


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: one year ago today, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 was a global pandemic, and local governments were rapidly planning safety measures in an uncertain time. A year later, what lessons were learned about the best balance to strike for the health and well-being of Lafayette residents?


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: legislation making its way through this year’s session could impact the decision-making power of local government officials, on everything from handling future pandemics to enforcing current wind energy ordinances. What’s the best balance between broader state guidelines and keeping some control in the hands of mayors, county commissioners, and public health officers?

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: COVID-19 case numbers are declining across Indiana, including Clinton County. How are coronavirus vaccinations proceeding in the area – and what’s the likelihood that additional vaccine sites will be added in the future to serve more of the population?

The following schools are on a TWO-HOUR DELAY for Thursday, Feb. 21: