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
11:13 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Byline Today: Racial Disparity in Marijuana Arrests, Curtis Morrison Speaks and Emerald Ash Borers

The ACLU says that African-Americans are significantly more likely to face marijuana charges, the Louisville Metro budget process is well underway (and already has critics) and the man behind the recording of a Mitch McConnell strategy session speaks—these stories and more today on Byline.

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Local News
2:34 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Louisville Bar Judicial Evaluations Show Lowest Overall Marks for Olu Stevens, Joseph O'Reilly

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Louisville's lawyers have judged the judges. Most of them, anyway.

The lawyers are most satisfied with James Shake on the Jefferson Circuit Court Stephen M. George on the family court.

They're least satisfied with Olu Stevens on the circuit court and Joseph O'Reilly on the family court.

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Local News
6:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

ACLU's Ezekiel Edwards: Scrapping Marijuana Laws the Way to Fix Racial Arrest Disparity

Ezekiel Edwards
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The results from the ACLU's report saying that African-Americans are much more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession surprised the authors. 

They figured that a disparity would exist in the findings. And they were right. What they didn't expect to find is that the disparity existed across the country in many types of community—urban and rural areas, places with large and small African-American populations.

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Local News
1:14 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Report: Ky. African-Americans Six Times Likelier to be Arrested for Marijuana Possession

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In a disparity topped by only four other states and the District of Columbia, Kentucky African-Americans are six-times likelier to be arrested for marijuana possession than Caucasians, said a new study from the American Civil Liberties Union.

But African-Americans are only slightly more likely than Caucasians to use marijuana—14 percent to 11.6 percent, the study said.

In Jefferson County, African-Americans were 3.5 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession—close to the national average of 3.7 times more likely.

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Local News
6:57 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Kentucky Privacy Advocates Concerned About Supreme Court's DNA Ruling

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The ACLU of Kentucky says the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling allowing for the collection of DNA without a warrant poses privacy concerns.

On Monday, the Court upheld a Maryland law allowing law enforcement to take and keep DNA samples from people who’ve been arrested—with or without a warrant.

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Local News
8:00 am
Sun June 2, 2013

What We're Reading | 6.2.13

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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
10:48 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Byline Today | Ohio River Bridges, JCPS Contracts and Old-Fashioned Cocktails

The Ohio River Bridges Project ramps up, the Old-Fashioned cocktail rises in popularity and a new group is putting focus on the Jefferson County Teachers Association. These stories and more will be discussed today on Byline.

WFPL's Devin Katayama will discuss the new group Kids First, which has launched an advertising campaign against the JCTA as contract negotiations are about to begin.

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Local News
7:10 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Angel's Envy Bourbon Gets $800,000 in Incentives for Possible Downtown Louisville Distillery

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The distiller behind Angel’s Envy bourbon has been approved for as much as $800,000 in state incentives to build a distillery in Louisville.

The state incentives will last for as many as 10 years for a distillery that would create 40 new jobs with a payroll of about $1.5 million. The craft bourbon distillery’s owners have plans to invest $10 million in a building and equipment.

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Local News
2:43 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Watch | Neighborhood Leader Confronts LMPD, David James on Victory Park Crackdown

Metro Councilman David James and LMPD Maj. Bill Kristofeck listen to California neighborhood leader Mike Ballard.
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Louisville Metro Councilman David James announced on Wednesday a crime crackdown in and around Victory Park in west Louisville. 

As WFPL's Phillip Bailey reported, Louisville Metro Police were using support from James to tackle issues including drugs, firearms and gambling. The councilman was providing $11,000 in neighborhood discretionary funds to pay the overtime costs for officers in the area.

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Local News
6:31 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Seven Months Later, Cause of Train Derailment in Southwestern Jefferson County Still Undetermined

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Federal investigators have not yet determined the cause of the October 2012 train derailment in southwestern Jefferson County.

The Federal Railroad Administration has released an incident report into the derailment of the Paducah & Louisville Railway train, which WFPL obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. Investigators submitted no violations of federal regulations in the report.

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