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.

City of Frankfort

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: Frankfort is moving ahead with the process of annexing land out to I-65 – a long-anticipated project. How will the annexation impact the city, and what’s the timeline for completion? What feedback is anticipated at a series of upcoming public meetings?  

Tippecanoe County YouTube

Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler said Purdue University’s Protect Purdue Plan -- released last week -- is “well thought out”, including in its reconfiguring of on-campus spaces to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19 among students and employees, ranging from classrooms to dining halls.


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: there’s debate across the country about different reforms for law enforcement – including the idea of “defunding the police”. What does that entail, and what would some of those concepts look like in Lafayette?  What would work – and what wouldn’t? What are the city, and the police department, already implementing in terms of best practices?

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A week of protests in Lafayette continued Saturday afternoon as several hundred demonstrators gathered at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. People came forward to address the crowd from a microphone about protest, police reform, the need to vote -- and holding public officials accountable.

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Late Sunday night in downtown Lafayette, a few small groups were still gathered at the intersection of 3rd and Main Streets, quietly talking and watching the Tippecanoe County Courthouse and surrounding streets. They were piecing together the past few hours.

Grant Vasquez was still holding on to a brightly colored sign. He and his friends described what they experienced as a mostly peaceful evening of protest that turned chaotic. 

“No one’s breaking anything right now,” Vasquez said. “It’s all peaceful right now.”


This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor: across the country, people have been gathering daily to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. That includes demonstrations in greater Lafayette this week.  

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Primary results for Tippecanoe County were released Wednesday after hundreds of just-received ballots were added to Tuesday night's preliminary totals. 

Updated results as of Wednesday, June 3: 

American Senior Communities

The Tippecanoe County Health Department announced Wednesday 17 novel coronavirus cases have been confirmed at the Rosewalk Village nursing home in Lafayette. 

Tippecanoe County Health Officer Dr. Jeremy Adler says after a Rosewalk employee tested positive for COVID-19 last week, a strike team was called in and confirmed 16 resident cases. 

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Update, June 3: Click here for updated numbers.


Tippecanoe County’s unofficial primary results were released Tuesday, after Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said most of Indiana’s results could take several days to be finalized. 



Indiana State Department of Health


The Indiana State Department of Health reported a fourth death from COVID-19 in Tippecanoe County in its daily update Tuesday.

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A downtown Lafayette march planned as a peaceful demonstration Sunday night ended when law enforcement began releasing tear gas into the crowd. The first canister was dropped from the balcony of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse. 


Tippecanoe County


Tippecanoe County Clerk Julie Roush reminded residents Friday that voters concerned about delays in their absentee ballot arrivals still have several options for voting in Indiana’s primary next Tuesday. 



This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, summer is almost here, and more and more of Indiana is reopening. As the state makes changes to the Back on Track stages, cities must respond. How can local officials make the best plan for the safety of residents when the future is uncertain?

Lafayette Citizens Band Facebook


The annual Fourth of July Stars and Stripes festival -- a summer staple in downtown Lafayette -- has been cancelled for this year, with local officials citing COVID-19 safety concerns over crowd size. 

Lafayette City Clerk Cindy Murray, who chairs the Stars and Stripes committee, said the decision was made in consultation with the health department and other city and county officials. 

Purdue University


Policies approved by Purdue University’s board of trustees Tuesday will broaden the scope of online coursework available for students not returning to campus this fall, and reduce the number of students in classrooms for those who plan to attend in person.