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. 

Gabe is on leave on a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University a until June 2015. 

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Local News
12:00 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Special Programming to Remember John F. Kennedy

President John F. Kennedy
Credit National Parks Service

Friday is the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. In remembrance, WFPL will air two specials, one marking the assassination, the other remembering the funeral three days later.

Friday 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: We Knew JFK: Unheard Stories from the Kennedy Archive

This new documentary contains never-before-broadcast interviews with people close to JFK, recorded after the assassination. Journalist Robert MacNeil hosts. 

Monday, Nov. 25 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Jean Shepherd Eulogizes JFK

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Food & Drink Week
6:52 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Gabe Eggs on Louisville's Urban Chicken Keepers

Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

Five years ago, urban chickens were something for explorers, pioneers, homesteaders (hippies). Backyard chickens were a novelty. Because even if they were a major household food source, they weren't exactly necessary. The idea of having a personal stake in your private food chain was admirable, but seemed a bit hard.

Today chickens are a fairly average home accessory. So let us now praise famous hens, and the eggs that begat them (and they beget).

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Food and Dining
4:04 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

WFPL's Food & Drink Week Starts Wednesday

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This week, WFPL is turning your radio into a cornucopia.

Beginning Wednesday, it's our inaugural Food & Drink Week. In Morning Edition, Here &  Now and All Things Considered, you'll hear stories about Louisville food, drink, farming and eating from the WFPL Newsroom. Highlights include an oral history of bourbon, a profile of Old Forrester, a look at how urban chicken keeping has become a bit mundane and holiday memories and recipes from Edward Lee, Mayor Greg Fischer and others.

And we'll have your favorite holiday specials on Thanksgiving:

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Local News
5:08 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Mayor Greg Fischer Wants More, Faster Internet in Louisville

An Internet speed test

Louisville Metro Government is looking to bring faster Internet connections to homes and businesses in the city.

The faster connections would make business operations easier and allow residents to apply for high-tech, work-from-home jobs at companies based outside of Louisville. And while competitiveness and economic development are the focus, the side effect of the mayor’s plan could be another Internet provider operating in Louisville.

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Local News
3:01 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Soon, You'll Be Able to Pay for Parking in Louisville With Your Phone

Soon...
Credit Gabe Bullard / WFPL News

In response to what officials say is strong citizen demand, Louisville Metro Government will allow drivers to pay for parking meters with their phones.

The city is working with North Carolina-based Passport Parking to accept payments through an app, text messages or phone calls. Such payments will carry a 25 cent fee, which is Passport's only revenue in the deal.

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Local News
6:13 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Legendary Louisville Cartoonist Hugh Haynie, Through His Son's Eyes

Hugh Haynie (used with permission)

Judge Smith Haynie has had a long day. He's tired from his work in the courtroom. But when he leaves the bench and heads to a museum showcase of his late father Hugh Haynie's editorial cartoons, he can't keep still.

"You want two famous cartoons?" he asks me as he bounds across a room in the Frazier History Museum. He's pointing at a pair of framed cartoons that comment on the U.S. space program of the late 1960s and early 1970s. He singles out one, which he calls "Moon Rocks."

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Local News
12:22 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Sights and Sounds From Cyclouvia on Bardstown Road

Cyclouvia 2013
Credit Gabe Bullard/WFPL News

For the second time, police closed Bardstown Road to vehicular traffic for several hours for the benefit of cyclists and pedestrians. Louisville's second Cyclouvia was held on Sunday; two more are planned for other neighborhoods in the next several months.

Sneakers, skateboards and bicycles (0f all sorts) on Sunday afternoon took to pavement normally tread by car tires.

Here's what it looked like:

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Commentary
9:00 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Why Drive Matters to WFPL and Louisville Public Media

WFPL's Jonathan Bastian
Credit Louisville Public Media

Hello. I've worked at WFPL for almost six years, doing everything from reporting and blogging to supervising people who report and blog. But now I'm here to talk to you about the future and your role in it.

It's pledge drive time. You know. You hear us on air. We're hoping to raise $500,000 by Saturday. We're also hoping to get 1,500 new members. And that's the important number.

Members.

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Local News
6:53 am
Sun September 22, 2013

Out-of-Production Technology Gets New Life in Louisville and Elsewhere

Polaroid SX-70
Credit Creative Commons

Beneath the wedge-shaped leather and chrome-coated exterior of the Polaroid SX-70 camera lies a collection of aspheric mirrors — a unique single lens reflex system that ensures the image in the viewfinder is the same image transferred to the film. And the film develops minutes after the picture is taken. No darkroom. No complex interchangeable lenses. No litter. No fuss. (1)

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun September 15, 2013

A Kentuckian's Notes from a Trip to North Korea

Baxter and Thomas
Credit David Thomas

It wasn't something they really expected to happen.

Years ago, David Thomas and his friend Clay Baxter were watching the Australian Open. Thomas, who had never been overseas, asked Baxter if he ever wanted to visit the continent. Baxter doesn't enjoy travel. He said no. Thomas, persisting, asked where Baxter might want to travel.

He answered: North Korea.

"I didn't even know you could go there. I thought it was illegal," Thomas says. "You have to go with an organized tour group. They're approved by the government."

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