Joseph Lord

Online Managing Editor

Joseph Lord is a Louisville native who was raised in Jeffersontown. He attended Western Kentucky University before covering public safety and later city government for The Anniston (Ala.) Star. He's also covered education for The Tribune and Evening News in southern Indiana and music and pop culture for Velocity, The Courier-Journal's weekly entertainment magazine. 

 Most recently, Joseph has been a digital news reporter for The Courier-Journal. Joseph, 32, and his wife, Brandy Warren, have two daughters and live in the St. Joseph neighborhood. | Twitter


Local News
7:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Jefferson County Ranks 60th (Out of Kentucky's 120 Counties) In Children's Well-Being

Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

More than anywhere in Kentucky, the well-being of children in Jefferson County is inconsistent, according to data released Tuesday  in the 2014 Kids Count County Data Book.

In health, Jefferson County ranks No. 12. In education, it ranks No. 112.

“No county in Kentucky has a higher variability than Jefferson County," said Terry Brooks, executive director for Kentucky Youth Advocates, which released the report.

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Local News
7:37 am
Sun September 7, 2014

How Louisville Managed Before and Into World War II, In Photos

"Legionnaires eating and drinking beer at American Legion fish fry, Oldham County, Post 39, near Louisville, Kentucky." (August 1940)
Credit Marion Post Wolcott

During the Great Depression, the Farm Security Administration dispatched photographers across the U.S. to document the lives of Americans—and the work continued into World War II.

Yale University has made tens of thousands of those photos easily searchable on what it's calling Photogrammar. Hundreds of the photos are from the Louisville area.

The earlier photos are of Louisvillians farming, or fishing in the Ohio River.  The latter part of the archive shows Louisvillians at work in the World War II years.

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Local News
2:51 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Kentucky State Fair Attendance Lowest Since 1984

Kentucky State Fair officials blame the weather for its lowest attendance since 1984.

This year, 515,937 people attended the 11-day fair. Last year's fair drew 615,648.

In the news release, the fair board said:

Marked by 100 degree heat indexes and thunderstorms, the rain-soaked final weekend dampened overall attendance numbers, down from last year’s total of 615,648. Rain fell on eight of the 11 days of the Fair, most notably on Saturday, August 23 that saw the Joan Jett and the Blackhearts free concert cancelled.

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Local News
6:55 am
Tue July 22, 2014

27 Percent of Kentucky Children Live in Poverty, Report Says

Credit Creative Commons

Twenty-seven percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2012, according to the 2014 Kids Count report released Tuesday.

That percentage is worse than 25 years ago when about a quarter of Kentucky kids lived in poverty, said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, which produced the report with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  

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Local News
4:17 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Details of the Kentucky Child Care Subsidy's Expansion Next Month

Southside Christian Child Care on Klondike Lane

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services this week released a few more details on the process for expanding eligibility to the Child Care Assistance Program.

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Local News
2:52 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Lebowski Fest Rolls On In Louisville Tonight

Walters at the 2013 Lebowski Fest in Louisville.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

The 13th Lebowski Fest in Louisville gets going this evening at Executive Strike & Spare on Phillips Lane.

As usual, the two days of festivities include games themed around the 1998 cult classic film "The Big Lebowski," a movie party (tonight) and bands (Saturday afternoon). The festival culminates in Saturday night's bowling party at Strike & Spare.

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Arts and Humanities
3:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Judith Jennings, My Morning Jacket Among The Governor Award In The Arts Recipients

Jim James at a past Forecastle Festival.
Credit Forecastle Festival

My Morning Jacket, the City of Danville and the technical services staff at Rupp Arena are among the recipients of the 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts.

The Kentucky Arts Council announced winners in nine categories on Wednesday. 

The recipients will get the awards in October. 

"It is my great honor to recognize these individuals, both native sons and daughters of Kentucky and others who have chosen to make their homes in Kentucky and enrich our state's unique culture," Gov. Steve Beshear said in a released statement.

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Local News
7:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Field Sizes Dropped in Churchill Downs' Spring Meet

Churchill Downs patrons using electronic betting machines in June.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Churchill Down's spring meet concluded with a 6-percent decline in the average number of horses running per race and a slight decrease in average daily purses.

The spring meet ended on Sunday.

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Local News
5:18 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Hey Louisville, Keep the Fireworks Away From Buildings and People This Fourth of July

Sign from the Powder Keg firework store in Jeffersonville.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

Louisville's chief fire investigator has a request for the city: Be careful with those fireworks this week.

Louisville Fire & Rescue typically deals with a three- to four-times increase in runs on the Fourth of July and days surrounding it, Major Henry Ott said.

Because of this, firefighters dealing trash fires or brush blazes may not be in place to deal with more serious structure fires, he added.

Ott noted fireworks that shoot in the air or explode are prohibited in Louisville. 

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Local News
9:45 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

University of Louisville Officially Joins the Atlantic Coast Conference

University of Louisville's mascot Louie, right, and Georgia Tech's mascot Buzz hug while all the ACC mascots are presented during UofL's induction ceremony into the ACC at Fourth Street Live.

The University of Louisville on Tuesday officially joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The ACC is the Cardinals' fourth conference since athletics director Tom Jurich arrived in 1997. At different times during his tenure, UofL's conferences suffered from questionable stability. The ACC allayed those concerns  in November 2012 with an offer for UofL to join.

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