Gabe Bullard

Director of News and Editorial Strategy

Gabe Bullard joined WFPL in 2008 as a reporter on the city politics beat. Since then, he's reported, blogged, hosted and edited during elections, severe weather and the Fairdale Sasquatch scare of 2009. Before coming to Louisville, Gabe lived in St. Louis, which was his home base for years of growing up, studying and interning at various media outlets around the country. 

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Politics
6:43 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Congressman Geoff Davis Resigns

In a surprise statement, Congressman Geoff Davis, R-Ky., resigned Tuesday.

Last December, Davis announced that he would not be seeking re-election for a fifth term in Congress citing a need to spend more time with his family. Today's announcement echoes that sentiment and comes fives months ahead of schedule.

In a statement on his website, Davis says he will step down effective immediately and cites family health concerns.

Recently, a family health issue has developed that will demand significantly more of my time to assist.  As a result, I cannot continue to effectively fulfill my obligations to both my office and my family.  Family must and will come first.

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Local News
9:05 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Louisville Eagle Scout Returns Badge to Protest Ban on Gay Members

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A local Eagle Scout has joined many others across the country in returning his badge to the Boy Scouts of America in light of the organization's doubling down on its policy against gay members.

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Local News
2:32 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

WLKY Wins Most Time Slots in Latest Ratings Report

The ratings from July sweeps are in and WLKY has bested most of its competition in Louisville.

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Local News
4:32 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Contempt Motion Against Sexual Assault Victim Who Tweeted About Attackers Withdrawn

Attorneys have withdrawn a contempt motion against 17-year-old Savannah Dietrich of Louisville.

The motion was filed after Dietrich tweeted about the two boys who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting her. By naming them, their attorneys said, Dietrich violated the confidentiality of a juvenile hearing. But the filing gathered national attention, and has now been withdrawn.

From the Courier-Journal:

Defense attorneys for two boys who pleaded guilty to assaulting a 17-year-old Savannah Dietrich have withdrawn their motion that she be held in contempt for tweeting the names of her attackers in defiance of a court order.

David Mejia, an attorney for one of the teens, said now that the Louisville teen’s story has gone global because of a Courier-Journal article on Saturday there was no reason to continue the contempt motion.

Local News
12:59 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Four Louisville Radio Stations Up for Sale

The Cox Media Group is selling its radio stations in Louisville.

The Atlanta-based conglomerate has purchased TV stations in Florida and Oklahoma, and will sell its properties in several cities to focus on larger markets. The stations up for sale in Louisville are: 

Politics
10:01 am
Mon July 23, 2012

How Kentucky's Health Insurance Exchange Will Likely Work

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear recently signed an executive order to create an insurance exchange for Kentucky. Under the Affordable Care Act, states must create marketplaces in which residents can purchase insurance, or else the federal government will do so for them.

“It’s a lot easier to adapt your policies and regulations to personalize it to your population, so we think Kentucky is in a better position to respond to the needs of Kentuckians,” says Kentucky Voices for Health Executive Director Jodi Mitchell, who believes state-run exchanges are the way to go.

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Local News
1:50 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Kentucky Will Use Single Drug for Executions

Kentucky is the latest state to switch to a single-drug execution method for inmates on death row.

The state previously used the a three-drug cocktail in lethal executions. But Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd ordered the state to rethink that process to avoid accusations of cruel and usual punishment.

Officials have spent the last two months doing just that, and a new brief filed this week says executions will be done with either the anesthetic sodium thiopental or the barbiturate pentobarbital.

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Local News
1:05 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

The Plunger Man and the Car-Driving Horse: Barry Bernson on His Life in TV News

From the Simpsons to the Onion, the world is full of TV news parodies. Local TV newscasts (and the people who star in them) are easy targets. And among the stereotypes, next to Ted Baxter and the dim bulb weatherman, is the feature reporter. The impossibly-coiffured reporter in the field holding a microphone up to a waterskiing squirrel. But it wasn't always like that.

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Local News
10:28 am
Fri July 20, 2012

President Obama, Senator McConnell React to Aurora Theater Shooting

President Barack Obama has expressed his condolences for the victims of a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. The president has also promised federal aid to Aurora officials

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Local News
11:20 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

WLKY Returns to Insight

After 10 days, WLKY is back on Insight Cable in Louisville.

The station was pulled from the cable lineup earlier this month after Insight parent Time Warner and WLKY owner Hearst Television failed to ink a new retransmission agreement. Retransmission deals stipulate how much money cable operators pay to rebroadcast content.

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