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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Purdue's first day of classes began Monday. WBAA asked students how they felt about the return to campus, parties during a pandemic, staying safe, and how long they think their in-person learning experience will last.

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Thirty-six Purdue University students were suspended Thursday after attending a gathering at the on-campus Circle Pines Men’s Cooperative house in West Lafayette.


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Tippecanoe County bars and restaurants will operate under new restrictions starting tomorrow, governing when these venues can close, where customers can be seated, and how people can gather in spaces meant for games and dancing. How will local businesses and residents handle the adjustments?

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UPDATE, 8/13/20: The Tippecanoe County Health Department has issued a revised version of this order. Restaurant drive-throughs -- and curbside and delivery service -- are exempt from the order, as long as those services continue to operate under COVID-19 mitigation guidelines. (The order includes bars and nightclubs in that stipulation.) In-person dining can resume at restaurants at 5 a.m. Bars and nightclubs can open "as permitted by applicable regulatory authority".



Starting Friday, all Tippecanoe County bars, restaurants, and nightclubs will operate under new restrictions from the county health department. 


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: it’s August, and after months away, Purdue University students are returning to campus for the start of a new school year. Is West Lafayette prepared for the influx of people headed into the city – and how will residents be affected in the days, weeks, and months to come?


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana is staying in Stage 4.5 through most of August, and a statewide mask mandate officially took effect this week. How is that mandate working on the local level, and are businesses and residents following the new guidelines?

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 As the number of COVID-19 cases in Tippecanoe County passed the 1,000 mark Wednesday, local officials said following Indiana’s new statewide mask mandate and continuing social distancing measures are key to stopping a future surge. 

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Indiana has a mask mandate. After leaving it up to local governments, Gov. Eric Holcomb announced face coverings would now be required across the state. So how will local governments and agencies respond? What are the on-the-ground plans for enforcement?


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: the number of mask mandates to slow the spread of COVID-19 is growing across the country. This week, the city of West Lafayette released an executive order requiring face coverings for its residents in public spaces – but right now, the city of Lafayette doesn’t plan to do the same.

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While the city of West Lafayette mandated mask-wearing this week to combat the spread of COVID-19, face coverings still won’t be required in Lafayette and Tippecanoe County, officials said Wednesday. 


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Face coverings are now required in West Lafayette to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 -- and people who violate that mandate will face a financial penalty. 



This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, West Lafayette residents are asking about masks. Mayor John Dennis says the city is finalizing a "mandatory mask policy". What does enforcement look like? Where and when should citizens wear their masks? And how do people navigate mask-wearing from West Lafayette to Lafayette, where a similar mandate is not currently planned?

Purdue University

Purdue University announced the school is “formulating plans” to require all students to take a COVID-19 test before arriving at the West Lafayette campus for the upcoming academic year -- and for the school to cover the costs of that testing. 


The U.S. Supreme Court recently voted to uphold DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It’s a victory for immigration advocates and those pushing for expanded protections and paths to citizenship, but many say the fight is far from over. 

We talk to a panel of experts and advocates about the decision. How will the DACA decision impact people in Indiana, and what might ongoing efforts around immigration look like?

Produced by Drew Daudelin.



This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: cities across the country are continuing to examine how police departments function within their communities – and what changes might need to be made. How can citizens and local government work together to take action?