Stan Jastrzebski

News Director

Stan Jastrzebski has spent a career in radio, with postings as News Director of NPR member stations WFSU in Tallahassee, Fla. and WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., and time as a reporter at WGN Radio in Chicago and WIBC Radio in Indianapolis. 

Stan holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University and has won awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Indiana Broadcasters Association. 

He spends his time away from the newsroom with his wife and daughter and enjoys board games, tennis and trivia competitions.

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A hallmark of Mitch Daniels’ time as Indiana governor was the expansion of testing of Hoosier students. The tests given to K-12 students have never been more high-stakes than they are now, and that’s rankled plenty of teachers and administrators.

Purdue University

Here's proof numbers can be deceiving:

-- It took until several minutes into the second half Saturday for Purdue's Carsen Edwards to hit a two-point basket.

-- Freshman swingman Aaron Wheeler had as many turnovers (3) as he had points.

-- Purdue had made less than a third of its three-point attempts in a shaky first round win over Old Dominion.

Sound like it might have been another long night against the defending NCAA champion Villanova Wildcats? Nothing could have been further from the truth in an 87-61 win.

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When a team's best defender rolls his ankle during warmups, the best a coach can hope for is the type of opposition shooting night Purdue lucked into in its first round NCAA Tournament win over Old Dominion Thursday, 61-48.

Nojel Eastern didn't start, but Purdue didn't seem to need him, as the Monarchs shot just 27 percent from the field and saw only three different players score in the game's first 28 minutes.

courtesy City of Frankfort

Earlier this month, WBAA conducted a survey and presented the results at a community forum in Frankfort. There were some interesting findings, and a few universal truths seemed to emerge.

First, most everyone wants Frankfort to grow, at least a little. But there’s also near-universal agreement that people aren’t using the amenities Frankfort already has enough. And if that’s the case, why would investors spend their money in that type of environment?

A decision by the Indiana Supreme Court regarding rental fees could cost the city of West Lafayette a large sum of money.

The court’s decision eliminates a carve-out that had allowed the cities of Bloomington and West Lafayette -- with their large, transient college populations -- to charge more than $5 per unit for inspections or to register the unit with the city.

Last year, the West Lafayette City Council redrew an existing rental inspection ordinance to streamline some of the fees charged to landlords for city-run inspections of their buildings.

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Perhaps the most decorated Democrat ever to serve Indiana in Congress – Birch Bayh – has passed away.

He left a legacy for other Democrats – including Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski – to follow, but is that sort of progressivism waning? Mayor Roswarski describes himself as a conservative Democrat, and he doesn’t have a challenger as he pursues a fifth term in office in this year’s race, which would seem to indicate popularity.

We inquire about the way forward for Democrats in Indiana this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.

Birch Bayh Senate Office - Senatorial Papers of Birch Bayh, Indiana University

Former Indiana Senator Birch Bayh, who authored two amendments to the U.S. Constitution, has died.

Bayh was the author of the landmark Title IX legislation, which leveled the playing field for women in sports and created penalties for gender-based discrimination in education.

Bayh was the Senate sponsor of the never-passed Equal Rights Amendment, but did succeed in adding the 25th and 26th Amendments to the Constitution, which created succession procedures in the event of presidential incapacitation and lowered the voting age to 18.

City of West Lafayette

As expected, the city of West Lafayette is going to charge scooter companies tens – and perhaps hundreds – of thousands of dollars a year for the right to reach a college audience that couldn’t get enough of them last fall. But the price might be so high that it’s no longer financially viable for those companies to operate in West Lafayette. But was that the whole point of the ordinance?

We put that question to West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis today on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor.

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A Friday discussion about the possibility Purdue University might mandate passage of a civics exam to graduate came to few conclusions, except that the existing national citizenship test seems ill-suited for the job President Mitch Daniels wants done.

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Last year, Crawfordsville’s Human Rights Commission changed city ordinances to ensure they could not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

But when the Indiana Senate passed a hate crimes bill this week, it did not include any such language. That angers one listener to WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, who wants to know what Crawfordsville’s Todd Barton plans to do about it when he next talks to State Senator Phil Boots, who voted for the stripped-down bill.

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