Joseph Lord

Online Managing Editor

Joseph Lord is a Louisville native who was raised in Jeffersontown. He attended Western Kentucky University before covering public safety and later city government for The Anniston (Ala.) Star. He's also covered education for The Tribune and Evening News in southern Indiana and music and pop culture for Velocity, The Courier-Journal's weekly entertainment magazine. | Twitter


11:00 am
Mon October 13, 2014

What to Look For During Tonight's Grimes-McConnell Debate

Alison Lundergan Grimes and Mitch McConnell
Credit Kentucky Secretary of State/U.S. Senate

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes debate for the first (and likely only) time tonight.

The debate begins at 8 p.m. and can be seen on KET.

"This is the only chance that voters of Kentucky are going to have to see a side-by-side non-commercial comparison of the two people who want to represent them in the United States Senate," said Al Cross, a longtime political columnist.

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2:21 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

McConnell Has Contentious Interview With Kentucky Sports Radio

Mitch McConnell
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and the host of Kentucky Sports Radio had a series of sharp exchanges Wednesday in a broadcast interview that tackled topics ranging from same-sex marriage to global climate change.

McConnell called in to Kentucky Sports Radio and spoke for over 10 minutes with host Matt Jones, who has made repeated pleas for an interview. McConnell's Democratic opponent in the November election, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, spoke with Jones and KSR in September.

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Local News
7:02 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Following Expansion, Kentucky Child Care Subsidy Gained 3,200 Kids In About a Month

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Last year, a budget shortfall led to the slashing of a subsidy program that helped low-income Kentucky families cover the cost of child care. 

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Jefferson County Ranks 60th (Out of Kentucky's 120 Counties) In Children's Well-Being

Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

More than anywhere in Kentucky, the well-being of children in Jefferson County is inconsistent, according to data released Tuesday  in the 2014 Kids Count County Data Book.

In health, Jefferson County ranks No. 12. In education, it ranks No. 112.

“No county in Kentucky has a higher variability than Jefferson County," said Terry Brooks, executive director for Kentucky Youth Advocates, which released the report.

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Local News
7:37 am
Sun September 7, 2014

How Louisville Managed Before and Into World War II, In Photos

"Legionnaires eating and drinking beer at American Legion fish fry, Oldham County, Post 39, near Louisville, Kentucky." (August 1940)
Credit Marion Post Wolcott

During the Great Depression, the Farm Security Administration dispatched photographers across the U.S. to document the lives of Americans—and the work continued into World War II.

Yale University has made tens of thousands of those photos easily searchable on what it's calling Photogrammar. Hundreds of the photos are from the Louisville area.

The earlier photos are of Louisvillians farming, or fishing in the Ohio River.  The latter part of the archive shows Louisvillians at work in the World War II years.

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Local News
2:51 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Kentucky State Fair Attendance Lowest Since 1984

Kentucky State Fair officials blame the weather for its lowest attendance since 1984.

This year, 515,937 people attended the 11-day fair. Last year's fair drew 615,648.

In the news release, the fair board said:

Marked by 100 degree heat indexes and thunderstorms, the rain-soaked final weekend dampened overall attendance numbers, down from last year’s total of 615,648. Rain fell on eight of the 11 days of the Fair, most notably on Saturday, August 23 that saw the Joan Jett and the Blackhearts free concert cancelled.

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Local News
6:55 am
Tue July 22, 2014

27 Percent of Kentucky Children Live in Poverty, Report Says

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Twenty-seven percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2012, according to the 2014 Kids Count report released Tuesday.

That percentage is worse than 25 years ago when about a quarter of Kentucky kids lived in poverty, said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, which produced the report with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  

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Local News
4:17 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Details of the Kentucky Child Care Subsidy's Expansion Next Month

Southside Christian Child Care on Klondike Lane

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services this week released a few more details on the process for expanding eligibility to the Child Care Assistance Program.

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Local News
2:52 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Lebowski Fest Rolls On In Louisville Tonight

Walters at the 2013 Lebowski Fest in Louisville.
Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

The 13th Lebowski Fest in Louisville gets going this evening at Executive Strike & Spare on Phillips Lane.

As usual, the two days of festivities include games themed around the 1998 cult classic film "The Big Lebowski," a movie party (tonight) and bands (Saturday afternoon). The festival culminates in Saturday night's bowling party at Strike & Spare.

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Arts and Humanities
3:00 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Judith Jennings, My Morning Jacket Among The Governor Award In The Arts Recipients

Jim James at a past Forecastle Festival.
Credit Forecastle Festival

My Morning Jacket, the City of Danville and the technical services staff at Rupp Arena are among the recipients of the 2014 Governor's Awards for the Arts.

The Kentucky Arts Council announced winners in nine categories on Wednesday. 

The recipients will get the awards in October. 

"It is my great honor to recognize these individuals, both native sons and daughters of Kentucky and others who have chosen to make their homes in Kentucky and enrich our state's unique culture," Gov. Steve Beshear said in a released statement.

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