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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News Special
6:38 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer on Jobs, Re-Election, Liquor Sales and Taxes

Mayor Greg Fischer
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer visited WFPL News for an interview Thursday. In the hourlong chat, he discussed his bid for a second term in office, the city's controversial plan to re-open a potentially dangerous jail, a recent audit of the Air Pollution Control District, an attempt in the Metro Council to restrict package liquor sales and, as always, the local option sales tax.

Here's the audio:

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Local News
4:12 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Greg Stumbo Says His Office Properly Handled Sexual Harassment Claims Against Rep. John Arnold

Greg Stumbo
Credit Rae Hodge/Kentucky Public Radio

Amid a growing sexual harassment scandal surrounding a longtime Democratic legislator, Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo on Thursday shot down suggestions that lawmakers covered up the claims.

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Local News
3:11 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

WFPL News Is Making A TV Show

We know you like listening to WFPL News. We know you like reading WFPL News. So how would you feel about watching it? You'll soon know.

Our video series, Up Front with Jonathan Bastian, premieres Wednesday, September 4th. As the name implies, the show will be hosted by Jonathan Bastian, WFPL's Morning Edition host.  It will feature a variety of guests and thought-provoking conversations.

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Politics
7:12 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson: 'Never Say Never' to Future Campaigns

Steve Beshear and Jerry Abramson
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Jerry Abramson has announced that he won't run for Kentucky governor in 2015, but he says he isn't necessarily done with electoral politics.

“You never know what kind of situation might change, what kind of situations might be different in the future than they are today," says Abramson, the lieutenant governor and former Louisville mayor.

"You never say never.”

Abramson didn't identify any particular office he's eyeing.

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Local News
12:22 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

LEO Editor Sarah Kelley Resigns Amid Editorial Staff Cuts, Art Department Partially Relocating

Update: See below for details on further cuts at LEO.

Louisville Eccentric Observer Editor Sarah Kelley has chosen to leave the paper rather than cut one of her reporters.

"Several weeks ago I was presented with the need to cut an editorial staff position," Kelley says. "After thinking about it for several days I realized that's not something I want to do. So I volunteered to be the person who left."

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Local News
9:44 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

UPS Releases Information on Crew Killed in Birmingham Plane Crash

Credit National Transportation Safety Board

UPS has released the following information on the pilot and co-pilot who were killed in this week's plane crash in Birmingham, Alabama:

The Jefferson County, Alabama, Medical Examiner has confirmed that two of our crewmembers, Captain Cerea Beal, Jr. and First Officer Shanda Fanning, lost their lives in the accident involving UPS Flight 1354.

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Local News
5:59 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

NTSB: Flight Recorder from Crashed UPS Plane Not Yet Retrieved

Credit National Transportation Safety Board

National Transportation Safety Board officials say they are not yet able to gather the flight recorder as part of the UPS plane that crashed Wednesday morning was still burning into the evening. Further, it's not expected that the NTSB will determine the cause of the crash for some time.

The A300 cargo plane crashed near an airport in Birmingham, Alabama, and was en route from Louisville. Both crew members have been reported dead.

(Related: WFPL's previous coverage of the plane crash)

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Local News
3:39 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Mammoth Cave Store Stops Selling Alcohol

Mammoth Cave
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Attention Kentucky cavers: drunken spelunkin' is now BYOB.

After Aug. 17, the campground store in Mammoth Cave National Park will no longer sell alcohol.

The store started selling alcohol last year, and park rangers noticed a sharp increase in criminal offenses related to alcohol.

"DUI, public intoxication, open container and so forth and so on," says Chief Park Ranger Brad McDougal. "The increase in the workload was really just too much for our current manpower levels."

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Politics
1:42 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Controversial Liberal Super PAC Progress Kentucky Shuts Down

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The controversy-plagued super PAC Progress Kentucky is no more.

The Federal Election Commission has posted the termination letter acknowledging that Progress Kentucky founder and treasurer Shawn Reilly sought to close the PAC.

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Local News
4:31 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Loretta Lynn, Dick Lugar Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Loretta Lynn
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 Which is better, four Grammy awards or the Presidential Medal of Freedom? Ask Loretta Lynn, she's earned both.

The 81-year-old native of Butcher Hollow, Ky.,  and former Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana are two locals on the latest list of recipients of the nation's highest civilian honor. Also on the list are former President Bill Clinton, newsman Ben Bradlee, feminist writer Gloria Steinem and Oprah Winfrey.

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