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
12:00 am
Sun May 5, 2013

Images | Smaller Kentucky Derby Crowd Finds Fun in the Rain

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So, as forecasts predicted, it rained Saturday on the Kentucky Derby.

The rain—sometimes steady—led to Derby-goers packing under any shelter they could find. They stood idle in the grandstand and under awnings. In the infield, people strung tarps across portable potties. (Although, most people in the infield didn't seem to mind the rain at all.

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Local News
6:41 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Orb Wins Kentucky Derby 139

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Running on a slopping Churchill Downs track, Orb beat 18 other horses to win Kentucky Derby 139.

Orb, ridden by Joel Rosario, started the race as the 5-1 favorite and caught up to the leaders as they approached the finish line.

Golden Soul placed and Revolutionary finished third. Orb was the early favorite after Wednesday's post position draw.

Orb gives veteran trainer Shug McGaughey his first Derby winner.

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Sports
8:26 am
Sat May 4, 2013

Confessions Of A Kentucky Derby Gate-Crasher

Stephen Johnstone and his niece, Sarah, crashed the Kentucky Derby celebration together in 2008.
Courtesy of Stephen Johnstone

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 1:21 pm

On Saturday night, 150,000 people will pack Louisville's Churchill Downs to watch the Kentucky Derby. But only a few will celebrate the victory from the winner's circle.

Stephen Johnstone has experienced that celebration many times. He's been in the winner's circle with the winning families, jockeys and governors — but not once was he invited.

Johnstone is a retired gate-crasher. The first time he crashed the Kentucky Derby was in 1963. Johnstone and several college friends slipped underneath a fence at Churchill Downs.

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Local News
3:07 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Maker's Mark Sales Grew 44% In Quarter With 42% Controversy

A Maker's Mark bottle with the 42% alcohol by volume level.
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Maker's Mark had something to cheer from the first three months of 2013, despite weathering intense criticism for tinkering with its bourbon.

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Local News
12:23 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Rain is Likely on Kentucky Derby Day (It's Rained on 46% of Them)

A trash can from a past Kentucky Derby infield.
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Update: The National Weather Service on Saturday morning says showers are still likely on Kentucky Derby day—mostly after 2 p.m. There's a 60-percent chance of showers during the day and an 80-percent chance of showers Saturday evening. The high temperature is expected to be near 64 degrees.

Earlier: Heading to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday? Be prepared to be rained on.

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Local News
11:44 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Black Onyx Scratched from Kentucky Derby

Black Onyx
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Black Onyx is a late scratch from Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

Jockey Joe Bravo was slated to ride the Kelly Breen-trained 50-1 shot out of the first post position.

Race stewards have decided to leave the No. 1 slot in the gate open. The 19 remaining horses in the race will start from their post positions drawn on Wednesday.

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Local News
11:01 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Today: A Very Derby Byline

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The Kentucky Oaks runs today and the Kentucky Derby runs tomorrow (obviously), and WFPL is taking Byline to Churchill Downs to talk horses.

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Local News
3:36 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Five Years After Eight Belles' Death in the Kentucky Derby, Race-Related Fatalities Decline

Eight Belles just before the 2008 Kentucky Derby.
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Trainer Larry Jones was riding high for 24 hours.

In 2008, Jones’ Proud Spell won the Kentucky Oaks. In the Kentucky Derby, his entry was Eight Belles—a horse that became a focus of attention.

She’d performed well in workouts, but she was also vying to become just the fourth filly to win the sports' most famous race in 134 tries.

“She became a fan favorite," Jones told WFPL.

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Politics
4:04 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

State Rep. Warns African-Americans to Avoid Fourth Street Live Until Osborne Case Settled

State Rep. Darryln Owens, D-Louisville, says he tries to avoid Fourth Street Live

A Kentucky lawmaker is questioning if African-Americans should continue to patronize Fourth Street Live in the wake of a former University of Louisville basketball player’s arrest.

As WFPL reported this week, 38-year-old Jason Osborne was arrested by Metro Police on Sunday outside of Sully's restaurant. He has been charged with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest, and a hearing is scheduled for May 24.

Osborne is a former Mr. Basketball who played for the Louisville Cardinals in the early 1990s.

Several African-American elected officials from the Metro Council and General Assembly were present at Osborne’s arraignment, and at least one lawmaker is now telling black residents to avoid the entertainment district until these mattes are settled.

"All of us have received complaints of perceived harassment and disrespect at Fourth Street Live. I might go down for lunch during the day, but I don’t go down there after 5 o’clock. You run a risk," says state Rep. Darryl Owens, D-Louisville. "The record is clear and my mama told me where there’s smoke there is fire. There’s a whole lot of smoke coming out of Fourth Street Live as it relates to African-Americans."

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Local News
3:48 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Kentucky Ranks 47th in Bicycle Friendliness

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A national bicycling advocacy group has ranked the 50 states for cyclist friendliness.

Their determination: Kentucky is not so bicycle-friendly. 

Kentucky ranked 47th in the U.S., according to the League of American Bicyclists. 

That's better than North Dakota, Alabama and New Mexico. (And worse than the rest.)

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