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. 

 Most recently, Joseph has been a digital news reporter for The Courier-Journal. Joseph, 32, and his wife, Brandy Warren, have two daughters and live in the St. Joseph neighborhood.

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Environment
7:00 am
Sun November 3, 2013

Black Carbon Series: How Traffic Exhaust Affects Climate Change and Louisville's Health

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Black carbon is linked to cardiac and respiratory problems. It contributes to climate change. And a primary source in Louisville and other cities is traffic exhaust.

This week, WFPL took an in-depth look at black carbon—where it's found and how it affects Louisville and beyond. In a project that took months of preparation, environment reporter Erica Peterson relied on air monitors and interviews with experts and community members. 

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Local News
12:14 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Byline Today: JCPS Achievement Gap, Record Stores and Black Carbon

A deep look into black coal, how well Louisville schools are dealing with achievement gaps and two new record stores open in town—we discuss these stories today on Byline.

This week, WFPL environment reporter Erica Peterson looked at how traffic exhaust (and black carbon, specifically) is affecting health in Louisville. She'll join host Rick Howlett to discuss.

Jonathan Meador, Kentucky Public Radio's new Frankfort Bureau chief, will discuss a developing story of a large drug bust in the state.

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Local News
4:12 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Windy, Rainy Night in Louisville for Trick-or-Treaters

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Update 11:45 p.m. Thursday: The severe thunderstorm warning for Jefferson County and the surround area has expired, but a wind advisory and a tornado watch remain in effect until 2 a.m.

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Local News
1:05 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Independent Record Shops Come Roaring Back in Louisville

Record shopping at Modern Cult Records.
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The national decline of local independent record stores hit home two years ago this week when John Timmons announced that Ear X-tacy would close for good.

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Local News
7:02 am
Tue October 29, 2013

TARC Wants Your Opinion on Incoming Fare Payment System

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TARC wants your thoughts on a new payment system slated to start in the summer.

The smartcard system will make riding TARC "faster and easier," TARC executive director Barry Barker. The smartcards—that is, cards you tap on a console when you board a TARC bus—will replace paper tickets and passes; transfer slips will end, too. 

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Local News
6:51 am
Mon October 28, 2013

In Kentucky, Number of People Claiming Discrimination Increases 30 Percent

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In the 2012-13 fiscal year, the number of people who contacted the Kentucky Human Rights Commission with possible discrimination incidents increased 30 percent compared to the same period a year before, according to an annual report.

The spike—3,020 to 2,231 in 2011-12—is attributed to the persistence of discrimination in Kentucky and also a marketing campaign that increased awareness of the commission's process, said Victoria Stephens, a spokeswoman for the state agency.

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun October 27, 2013

What We're Reading | 10.27.13

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Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

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Local News
5:01 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Mississippi Man Accused of Trying to Extort University of Louisville Athletics

A Mississippi man is under a federal indictment on charges that he attempted to extort the University of Louisville athletics.

Thomas E. Ray, 35, of Jackson, Miss., was indicted this month on a single count of extortion, said the U.S. district attorney's office in Louisville. The indictment was unsealed on Thursday following Ray's arrest.

Authorities allege that Ray adopted an alias—Melinda White—and sent emails from Jackson to Kentucky in April attempting to extort $3.5 million by threatening the reputation of the UofL Athletics Association.

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Local News
2:56 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Kentucky Ranks Last in U.S. for Access to Child Care Assistance, Report Says

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Kentucky ranks last in the U.S. for access to subsidy programs that help low-income parents pay for child care costs while they work, according to a report from the National Women's Law Center.

The report released Wednesday compares how each state handles child care assistance programs, which is funded partially through a federal grant.

In most states, the condition of child care assistance programs improved from the previous year—meaning, for instance, more families may be eligible for the subsidy, the report said.

In Kentucky, the program fares worst.

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Local News
4:00 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Foundation to Host Advance Screening of 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Jennifer Lawrence
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A new Louisville foundation set up in the name of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence will next month host an advance fundraiser screening of her next film "Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

Tickets for the Nov. 20 fundraiser screening at Tinseltown range from $125 to $1,000. The film opens nationally on Nov. 22. More information here.

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