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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Local News
7:29 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Louisville Metro Police: VIPER Unit Has Helped Reduce Violent Crime in First Year

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  Louisville Metro Police's VIPER Unit has helped reduce violent crime in nine out of 10 areas they've targeted, and they've also helped with the confiscation of 270 illegal guns—half of which were in the hands of convicted felons, officials said.

Police officials updated the Louisville Metro Council's Public Safety Committee on Tuesday as the VIPER UNIT approaches the one-year-anniversary of its creation.

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Politics
1:30 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Louisville Metro Councilman David James Defends Vote in Shanklin Removal Trial

David James talks to reporters on Tuesday.
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Louisville Metro Councilman David James said he believes Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin "made many mistakes" in the events that led to her removal trial last month, but that she hadn't acted to profit herself or her family.

James spoke to reporters Tuesday to expand on why he voted against removing Shanklin from the Metro Council. 

James, a Democrat whose Sixth District stretches from Old Louisville to the California neighborhood, said he's still found himself discussing the Aug. 1 decision, and he's concerned that race has become an element of those conversations.

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Local News
3:33 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder Gives Rand Paul, Kentucky Shoutouts in Announcing Sentencing Changes

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Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday changes to how the federal government prosecutes and sentences  people accused of nonviolent crimes, and he gave Kentucky a shoutout in the process.

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Local News
1:06 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Won't do Autographs at Football Fan Day

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The Louisville Cardinals football team won't do its annual autograph session during Sunday's Fan Day because of a national controversy over the signing of memorabilia.

Instead, the Cardinals will hold a tw0-hour practice in full pads for fans to watch. Parking and admission to Fan Day is free.

In a statement, Cardinals football Coach Charlie Strong said: 

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Arts and Humanities
11:46 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence on the Cover of Vogue's September Issue

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Vogue has released (at least online) its September issue cover story featuring Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence. The September issue is the magazine's Big Deal issue of the year, so it's an especially high honor being bestowed on the former Kammerer Middle School student.

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun August 11, 2013

What We're Reading | 8.11.13

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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
7:40 am
Sun August 11, 2013

Q&A: Guestroom Records Bringing OKC Shop to Louisville

The U.S. economy is getting better, observers say. Maybe slowly, but it's getting better.

The Great Recession and the changes wrought by the digital age decimated many industries, and the market for brick-and-mortar record shops has long been on the deathwatch list. The situation was made perfectly clear in Louisville in 2011 when Ear X-tacy, the city's biggest (10,000 square feet in what's now the Panera Bread on Bardstown Road) and most famous record shop, closed.

Smaller shops have endured in Louisville. And a new one is coming from an unlikely place.

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Politics
6:00 am
Sun August 11, 2013

Louisvillians Haven't Had Much Luck Running for Kentucky Governor

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Former Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson announced Tuesday that he won't run for governor in 2015. Instead, he wants to focus on education issues.

Abramson, Kentucky's lieutenant governor since 2011, very well could've ended up succeeding Gov. Steve Beshear, his longtime ally, political observers say.

But he would've have to overcome an obstacle: His Louisville roots.

A Louisvillian hasn't been elected Kentucky's governor since 1951—and even that has a caveat.

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Local News
11:19 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Byline Today: Tobacco Farmers, Kentucky's Top Emergency Management Official Resigns and More

A state audit leads to the resignation of Kentucky's top emergency management official, the state of tobacco in the 21st Century and  the statewide approach for LGBTQ protections will be discussed today on Byline.

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Local News
4:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Kentucky Emergency Management Director John Heltzel Resigns Amid Controversy

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John Heltzel has resigned as director of Kentucky Emergency Management following a state auditor's report alleging that the agency misused public money.

Beshear announced Heltzel's resignation in a statement on Thursday afternoon. Heltzel's agency is accused of spending more than $100,000 on parties and other disallowed expenditures, plus threatening employees and altering documents. 

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