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
3:56 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Coolers, Big Purses Added to List of Banned Items for Kentucky Derby and Oaks

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Churchill Downs is revising the items people can bring into the racetrack during the Kentucky Derby and Oaks because of security concerns raised from Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon.

Added to the list of banned items are coolers, fireworks, noisemakers, laser lights/pointers, mace/pepper spray and purses larger than a foot in any dimension. You'll be able to buy a Styrofoam cooler and ice at the track at "comparable" prices to retailers, Churchill Downs says.

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Local News
3:10 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Nighttime Storm May Bring Damaging Winds, National Weather Service Says

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Louisville may be hit with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes late Thursday.

Storms are expected in Louisville between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Friday, said Brian Schoettmer, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Louisville.

The greatest threat is strong wind—wind gusts may reach 70 miles per hour, the National Weather Service said. Louisville is already under a wind advisory effective until 2 a.m. Friday.

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Local News
11:37 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence, Rand Paul Among Time's 'Most Influential'

Jennifer Lawrence
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Time magazine has issued its 100 "most influential people in the world" with two Kentuckians on the list.

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Local News
7:00 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Brendan McCarthy to Lead Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting

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Former New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter Brendan McCarthy will lead the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, the new in-depth journalism wing of Louisville Public Media.

McCarthy becomes the center's managing editor on June 17. He's currently an investigative reporter for WWL-TV in New Orleans, a post he took last year.

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Local News
9:10 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Exhibition Looks at Grady Clay's Work

Grady Clay
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A exhibition opens later this month looking at the work of Grady Clay, the Louisville urban affairs journalist who died in March.

Clay was considered an authority on urban design—serving as urban affairs editor for The Courier-Journal and editor of Landscape Architecture Magazine. He wrote several books on his topic of expertise and also served on the jury to select a design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 

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Local News
4:48 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Police: People Should Report Suspicious Activity at Thunder Over Louisville

A portion of the 2012 crowd for Thunder Over Louisville.
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Louisville Metro Police are urging people attending Saturday’s Thunder Over Louisville to report any suspicious activity to authorities.

The call comes after Monday’s explosion at the Boston Marathon left three people dead and more than 100 injured.

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Local News
2:17 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Courier-Journal Hires Three New Conservative Columnists

The Courier-Journal has replaced its lone conservative columnist with three men, including a former White House staffer and former state House member.

Pam Platt, The C-J's editorial page editor, announced the changes this weekend in the paper.

The new columnists are:

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Local News
6:34 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Report: Kentucky Ranks 39th in U.S. for State of Child Care Centers

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Kentucky ranks 39th in the U.S. for the state of its child care centers—earning high marks for posting complaint records online but poor marks for not  requiring center directors to have bachelor's degrees, says a new report.

The report, from Child Care Aware of America, said Kentucky could improve its child care center's regulations by requiring state and federal fingerprints for checking criminal backgrounds and changing its educational requirements for lead teachers.

The report also suggests that Kentucky adjust its ratios for staff to children.

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Local News
5:00 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Fourth Street Retailers, Streetscape Unveiled

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Louisville officials are touting new retailers on Fourth Street as a return to the city's heritage, when the corridor was a center of retail.

Mayor Greg Fischer cut the ribbon Monday on the Fourth Street block between Chestnut Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, where a streetscape project was recently undertaken. Adding retail downtown has been a goal of Fischer's administration.

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Local News
8:01 am
Sun April 14, 2013

What We're Reading | 4.14.2013

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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