Laura Ellis

Producer

Laura has been with WFPL since 2004. During her time with the station she has booked talk shows, produced news specials, engineered remote broadcasts, shaped the minds of impressionable interns, and even changed diapers for guests whose babies accompanied them to the studio.

When she's not making radio, she's making a spectacle of herself on stage (or making theatrical sound design) for any number of local theatre companies—most frequently Pandora Productions and Looking for Lilith Theatre Company. When she's not making theatre or radio, she might be found making Prohibition-Era jazz with Billy Goat Strut Revue, while burlesque dancers shake what their mamas gave 'em.

When she's not making any of the previously-mentioned things, she's usually making tiny dogs shake her hand in exchange for cookies.

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Local News
5:46 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

How Louisville's Local 236 Fought for Racial Integration in the 1950s

International Harvester Co. assembly line and press, 1948
Credit Royal Photo Company Collection, University of Louisville Photographic Archive, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

Labor historian Toni Gilpin will make two appearances in Louisville Tuesday to tell the little-known story of a local  labor union that was ahead of its time.

A local chapter of the United Farm Machinery workers organized at Louisville's International Harvester plant in the late 1940s, and began advocating for racial equality both inside and outside of the plant. Their efforts would lead to an entire factory of mostly white workers walking off the job to protest the unfair treatment of their African American colleagues.

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Podcast
7:00 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Strange Fruit: Journalist Chris Tomlinson Explores His Family’s Relationship with Slavery

There are black people in town who have the same last name as me, and I never thought about why that might be. 

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Strange Fruit
7:00 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Strange Fruit: Nick Bowser on Transgender Parenthood; Plus, a Cosmetic Solution to Date Rape?

In many ways, Nick and Bianca Bowser are very typical parents. They have two children; Kai is 3 and Pax is 1. "We are exhausted all the time," Nick laughs. "We both work at a bar, so we both work at night, so there's very little sleep."

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Podcast
8:14 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Strange Fruit: Freedom Rides and Food Banks in Ferguson

It's been two weeks now since a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old named Michael Brown, and the community is still experiencing the aftermath.

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Podcast
8:00 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Strange Fruit: 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot.' Fear in Ferguson, and at Home

Credit Attica Scott

  Last Saturday, Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson shot an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown, multiple times, killing him. Since then, the situation in Ferguson has been ever-changing. Protests and vigils were initially met with an intense response from the police, who were outfitted with paramilitary equipment.

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Local News
10:18 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Louisville Man Alleges Metro Police Officer Used Anti-Gay Slur at Kentucky Kingdom

Earlier this year, crews prepared Hurricane Bay for Kentucky Kingdom's May reopening.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

A gay Louisville man claims a Metro Police officer discriminated against him because of his sexual orientation and used a homophobic slur during a visit last week to Kentucky Kingdom.

An attorney for the man, Jessie Colter, 32, also alleges that the incident was preceded by the theme park staff's inconsistent enforcement of the dress code at Kentucky Kingdom's water park.

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Local News
12:45 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

The Louisville Forum Is Adding a Transgender Panelist to the 'Growing Up Transgender' Discussion

Henry Brousseau
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

The Louisville Forum has added a transgender student to its panel discussion on transgender issues.

LGBTQ and transgender activists recently criticized the the nonpartisan discussion group's July 9 "Growing Up Transgender" panel because it did not include a transgender person.

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Local News
3:20 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Listen: In News Special, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Discusses Downtown Violence, Walmart and More

Greg Fischer
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Mayor Greg Fischer joined us  Monday afternoon for an hour-long call-in special. He discussed the city budget, downtown violence (and the alleged racial profiling that followed in its wake), and other recent developments in Louisville.

Listen below:

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Local News
3:05 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Louisville Forum on Transgender Issues Doesn't Include Any Transgender Panelists

Credit Evan Forester/Creative Commons

The Louisville Forum's July discussion will tackle the issue of growing up transgender in Louisville—though none of the four panelists are transgender.

The move has prompted criticism from some LGBTQ and transgender activists and writers.

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