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
3:47 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Begin Last Big East Tournament As We Know It

The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team begin play tonight in what will be the last Big East Conference Tournament as we know it.

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Local News
7:54 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Louisville's Archbishop Joseph Kurtz: Pope Francis Brings 'Enthusiasm' for Catholics

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz
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The election of a pope from South America is recognition of where the Roman Catholic Church has strength, Louisville's Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said on Wednesday.

And Kurtz said he's hopeful Argentina's Jorge Mario Bergoglio—now Pope Francis—will bring enthusiasm to Catholics worldwide, including in Louisville.

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Local News
11:39 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens to Speak in Louisville

John Paul Stevens
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will speak in April in Louisville and receive an award named for a forerunner from the city.

The Brandeis Award is awarded through UofL's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and is given to " people who practice the ideals of personal freedom, concern for the disadvantaged and public service," the university said. In a statement, UofL interim law dean Susan Duncan said compared Stevens to Brandeis, a Louisville native who served on the Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939 and was known for his advocacy for speech and privacy rights.

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Food and Dining
5:23 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Chipotle in Downtown Louisville Opens Wednesday

The Chipotle nears opening.
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The Chipotle Mexican Grill in downtown Louisville is scheduled to open Wednesday.

The restaurant at 315 S. Fourth St.—on the same block as a Qdoba Mexican Grill—is the first in Louisville, though there have long been locations in Lexington and northern Kentucky.

Here's more from a typically effusive news release announcing Wednesday's opening:

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Local News
4:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

As Conclave Begins, Louisville's Catholics Struggle With 'Waning' Numbers

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It's rare when a decision made thousands of miles—across the Atlantic Ocean—has an affect on the lives of Louisvillians, but the Conclave in Vatican City is just that.

The Conclave to choose the next pope begins this morning. Unlike in 2005, the cardinals choosing the Roman Catholic Church's next leader have no obvious frontrunner. Still, the challenges for the church worldwide have been much discussed—dropping church participation, a lack of priests, the sex abuse scandal that continues to dog church leaders.

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Local News
9:29 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Win Automatic Bid to NCAA Tournament

The Commonwealth of Kentucky will have at least two teams in the men's NCAA Tournament.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the Florida International Golden Panthers 65-63 on Monday night to win the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and an automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

Forward George Fant and guard Jamal Crook led the Hilltoppers each with 17 points.

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Local News
2:04 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Louisville Cardinals Ranked No. 4 in AP Poll; Bracketology Projects a No. 1 Seed

As a topsy-turvy men's college basketball season winds down, the Louisville Cardinals have vaulted to No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The Cardinals were ranked No. 8 last week.  The Indiana Hoosier fell from No. 3 to No. 2. Gonzaga remains the nation's top ranked team. Louisville ended the regular season on a seven-game winning streak, last defeating the No. 24-ranked Notre Dame. 

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Local News
10:00 am
Mon March 11, 2013

WKU Plays Florida International (Richard Pitino's Team) for NCAA Tourney Berth

Richard Pitino
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In a season when Kentucky may not have much March Madness representation, a team from Kentucky will play a team with strong Louisville ties Monday night for an NCAA Tournament berth.

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Florida International Golden Panthers tipoff at 7 p.m. Eastern in an unlikely Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championship game. The winner gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun March 10, 2013

What We're Reading | 3.10.13

Walt Disney
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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
10:30 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Byline Today: Controversial 'Religious Freedom' Bill, Dropping Out of School and March Madness

The Kentucky state Senate approves a controversial "religious freedom" bill, the push for hemp hits a snag and college basketball is on the cusp of March Madness—these topics and more will be discussed today on Byline.

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