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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Local News
2:23 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Photos: Fairness Campaign Rallies Over DOMA Ruling

Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman leads the rally
Gabe Bullard WFPL News

The Fairness Campaign held a rally downtown Wednesday to celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

Celebrators carried signs and chanted, but there was a reminder of the challenges LGBT Kentuckians still face, and several attendees blasted the Supreme Court for striking a key provision of the Voting Rights Act in a decision released yesterday.

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Local News
12:25 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Clark Memorial Bridge to Close for 30-45 Days Next Year

Clark Memorial Bridge
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Are you planning to get into (or out of) Indiana any time next year? It'll be a little (more) difficult. To accommodate construction of a new downtown bridge, the Clark Memorial Bridge—often called the Second Street Bridge—will close for 30-45 days, likely beginning next May. Details on the closure are forthcoming.

An average of about 20,000 vehicles cross the Clark Memorial Bridge each day. By contrast, an average of more than 121,000 cross the Kennedy Bridge each day. 

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Local News
4:00 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

More News! WFPL's Midday Changes Begin July 1

As you may know, Talk of the Nation is ending on July 1st. In its place, NPR is working with WBUR in Boston on a two-hour version of Here and Now.

WFPL has aired Here and Now for two years at 1:00 on weekdays. Talk of the Nation currently airs from 2:00-4:00. The announcement that Talk of the Nation was going away left us with some choices for our middays. We've made some decisions, and we'd like your thoughts.

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Politics
11:59 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Curtis Morrison Says Trial Over Secret Recording Could Reveal Mitch McConnell Wrongdoing

Credit Rae Hodge / WFPL News

Curtis Morrison, who recently admitted to secretly recording one of Senator Mitch McConnell's campaign strategy sessions, is once again granting interviews.

Morrison and I had a long conversation Monday afternoon. The full audio is below. Here are some takeaways:

Morrison has a goal

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Local News
1:40 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Curtis Morrison Admits He Recorded McConnell, Provides Details

Curtis Morrison in May.
Credit Rae Hodge / WFPL News

I suppose we can stop using "allegedly" when we write about this story. Or we would if we wrote about it anymore.

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Local News
11:44 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Byline Today: Medicaid Expands, NBA Prospects Shrink, Wax Fang Goes Big and A City Gets Dense

Today at 1:00 on Byline…

Rick Howlett will talk to Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston about Governor Steve Beshear's decision to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Jere Downs from the Courier-Journal will stop by to discuss recently-released federal data that shows the cost for the same medical procedures varies widely from hospital to hospital

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Local News
4:14 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Evan Williams Brings Bourbon Trail to Louisville

Design for Evan Williams Bourbon Experience

It's not just Medicaid that's expanding in Kentucky…the Bourbon Trail is growing, too.

When it opens later this year, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on West Main Street will become the eight stop on the popular tourist attraction. The facility will be a working distillery with additional features to draw more visitors. 

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Local News
4:30 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Now on WFPL...Your Music

Remember a few weeks ago, when we asked local musicians to submit instrumental music for us to play in between stories, segments and shows on WFPL?

You responded. 

We had over 100 submissions. We've been digging through them for the last few weeks, and we have come up with a steady rotation of local music beds, which are now airing on WFPL. Tune in. You'll hear them throughout the day. 

Thank you.

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Local News
11:00 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Frank X Walker on Black Jockeys From Isaac Murphy to Kevin Krigger

In today's Kentucky Derby, jockey Kevin Krigger will have a chance to become the first African-American jockey to win the Derby since 1902. African-American jockeys were dominant in the Derby's formative years. Most of the jockeys in the first Derby were black, including the winner.

One of the most legendary African-American jockeys was Isaac Murphy. Murphy rode to victory in three Kentucky Derby races and is considered one of the best jockeys of all time. Murphy is the subject of a collection of poems by Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X. Walker.

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Local News
3:53 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

A Black Jockey At The Kentucky Derby, Once Again

Kevin Krigger rides Goldencents during a six-furlong workout at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., in January.
Benoit Photo AP

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 6:41 am

The Kentucky Derby's 139th running is this weekend, and it will feature a sight that's been a rarity in the race for much of the past century — an African-American jockey.

"Everything that comes with the Derby right now for me is not the same as the majority of the other riders, or any other riders, because I'm the only African-American rider in the race," Kevin Krigger says.

Krigger was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but he's been racing in California. He's the first African-American jockey to ride in the Derby in more than a decade.

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