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. 


Local News
4:23 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Unemployment Drops in Most of Kentucky

The unemployment rate has dropped in Louisville, and in most of Kentucky.

The most recent numbers from the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training show unemployment at 8.1 percent in Jefferson County, meaning about 30 thousand residents are without jobs.

That's an improvement over last month and last year. The numbers are not seasonally-adjusted, and can't accurately be compared to the 8.3 percent state unemployment rate or the 8.1 percent national unemployment rate.

Local News
1:34 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Talks Continue Between University Hospital and Potential Business Parnters

Officials with University of Louisville Hospital continue their work on finding a new business partner.

A new report from outside consultants says University Medical Center offers average service when compared to other academic hospitals, and the study shows a number of shortcomings in UMC's growth strategy and business plan. But even if all that changed, the report says UMC still needs a partner.

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Presidential Race
7:12 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Unknowns Beating Obama In Democratic Primaries

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 7:22 pm



On the Democratic side, President Obama has been winning all his primaries, of course. But in some cases, he's had some surprisingly strong competition. In Oklahoma, West Virginia and Arkansas, gadfly candidates, including one federal felon, won a significant number of votes. In North Carolina, 20 percent of Democratic voters chose no preference, and yesterday in Kentucky, 42 percent chose no one over the president, casting ballots for uncommitted.

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10:20 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Incumbent Owen Wins Democratic Nod for Eighth District Council Seat

Louisville Metro Councilman Tom Owen has won the Democratic party’s nomination for re-election. 

Owen has served on the council since its inception and was an alderman before that. In many races, he faced little or no opposition. He had two primary challengers this year, including Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews.

The Judge-Executive’s office has been ceremonial since the city-county merger, but Mathews says he will now focus on ideas for reforming the office. He’s also prepared to work with Owen going forward.

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10:18 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Fowler and Heuglin Will Face Off For 14th District Metro Council Seat

Two fresh candidates are prepared to succeed retiring Louisville Metro Councilman Bob Henderson in the 14th District. 

Democrat Cindi Fowler and Republican Bob Heuglin will square off in the general election after winning their respective primaries yesterday (Tuesday).

The southwest Louisville district has been represented by a Democrat since merger, but Republicans believe they can pick up the seat. Even so, Republicans are still expected to remain the minority in the council after this year’s elections.

Election 2012
4:53 pm
Tue May 22, 2012

Turnout Low in Louisville


Voter turnout in Louisville could come in at a near-record low today.

The record for a four-year primary in Louisville is about 13 percent. Statewide turnout is expected to be 12 percent. Jefferson County Clerk's office spokesman Nore Ghiabaudy local turnout is low, and he's not sure where it will end up when polls close at 6 pm.

“We usually do a little bit better than statewide predictions," he says. "It'd be nice if we could at least get 13 and it'd be nice if we got over 15."

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2:55 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Noise & Notes: Going Back to Indiana


On this edition of the Noise & Notes podcast, WFPL’s political editor Phillip M. Bailey  talks about Indiana and it’s senator, Dick Lugar, who just lost nomination to a seventh term to Tea Party favorite and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock.

Joining Phillip are Time contributor Cary Stemle and WHAS-11 political editor Joe Arnold.


Local News
11:52 am
Mon May 14, 2012

TARC Schedules Public Meetings on Route Changes, Fare Increase


The Transit Authority of River City will hold a series of public meetings this week on proposed route changes and fare increases.

TARC's revenue relies on the city occupational tax. As that's declined, fuel, healthcare and pension costs have gone up, leaving TARC with a $4.6 million shortfall. To close the gap, the authority has proposed a 25-cent fare increase, the elimination of nine express bus routes and changes to several other routes.

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