Meet Aprile Rickert in her new role as the WFPL Southern Indiana Reporter – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

Aprile Rickert of the WFPL transitions to a new role as a reporter for southern Indiana.

Aprile spent the last year as a health reporter. She has written extensively about them COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing litigation over access to abortion in Indiana and Kentucky, among other important issues. She previously worked for the News and Tribune in Jeffersonville for more than six years, covering crime and courts and various other community issues.

Aprile will be working with news editor John Boyle, who previously worked as a reporter for southern Indiana. They have combined experience in the region for more than a decade and will use that knowledge to create coverage that matters to Hoosiers.

Learn more about Aprile below. The interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

What excites you most about the switch to the Southern Indiana beat?

At my previous job at the News and Tribune, I covered southern Indiana for six years, and there are just so many stories to tell in this community. I look forward to exploring and covering things in new ways and with audio that I couldn’t do before.

What will you miss about health insurance?

When I took on the role of health reporter, I didn’t realize how involved I would be in documenting access to abortion for millions in Kentucky and Indiana. Months before the June ruling by the United States Supreme Court, Roe v. Overturning Wade, I’ve written stories about the changing landscape and what it would mean if the court overturned the 49-year precedent. Since then, my colleagues and I have continued to share stories of the aftermath as access shifts with court challenges and judgments. I think it’s really important coverage and I’m proud to have been able to play such a big part in it.

What makes Southern Indiana unique compared to the rest of the region?

It’s not Louisville and it’s not Indianapolis. Southern Indiana has its own vibe. It’s a small, tight-knit area with lots to do. And because it’s a smaller community, people really have an opportunity to get involved and try to make it a better place.

Where would you take someone to show them what the state of Hoosier has to offer?

The Falls of the Ohio! It’s a super cool spot to watch the river or hike down to the Devon fossil deposits.

What are you watching?

I just finished watching Inventing Anna on Netflix. I love Julia Garner! Although I first loved her as Ruth in the Ozark.

Do you think the recent arrival of cold pre-winter weather is a good thing or a bad thing?

I’m a spring and summer baby! I love it when it’s sunny and warm, when flowers and trees are in bloom. I really hate when it gets cold and dark for months and I usually count down the days to March.

What advice would you give to people who are also trying to protect their homes and yards from vicious baby raccoons?

It’s true that raccoons love my garden. They use the fence as a highway to various garage roofs and have approached me on more than one occasion. My advice: if a baby raccoon starts running at you screeching, run like your life depends on it.

Editor’s note: Aprile has requested that photos taken by her security camera of her being pursued by the raccoon gang not be included in this story.