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
12:45 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

On Byline Today: JCPS and Low-Achieving Schools, a General Assembly Update and Vacant Office Space

Struggling schools, the proposed tax to fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund and vacant buildings in downtown Louisville are up for discussion at 1 p.m. today on Byline.

WFPL's Devin Katayama will discuss recent criticism of Jefferson County Public Schools and its number of "priority"—that is, low-achieving—schools.

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Local News
3:59 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

WFPL Brings Live Coverage of the State of the Union

President Barack Obama
Credit White House

WFPL will tonight carry NPR's live coverage of President Obama's first State of the Union address of his second term.

Coverage starts at 9 p.m. Join us at 89.3 or stream at WFPL.org.

We'll also have coverage here at WFPL.org tonight and tomorrow of Obama's address, the Republican response and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul's response on behalf of the tea party.

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Local News
4:46 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Bellarmine Theology Prof: Benedict XVI's Resignation May Set New Precedent

Pope Benedict XVI
Credit Republic of Poland

The bells toll. The noon mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville happens every Monday, and the stream of people walking into the doors showed no signs that something significant had happened within the Roman Catholic Church just hours before.

Pope Benedict XVI had announced that he was retiring on Feb. 28, citing his health and age. He's the first to resign in more than 600 years; the first to willfully do it since the 1200s.

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Business
12:31 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Maker's Mark's Bill Samuels Jr.: 'We Don't Want to Price Maker's Mark Out of Reach'

Credit Creative Commons

Bill Samuels Jr., the former president and current chairman emeritus of Maker's Mark, has posted a note to the company's website addressing the recent announcement that Maker's Mark was reducing its alcohol by volume three percentage points, from 45 to 42.

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Local News
9:37 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz: Decision 'Reflects Pope Benedict's Stewardship,' Humility

Joseph E. Kurtz
Credit Archdiocese of Louisvillle

Joseph E. Kurtz, the archbishop of Louisville, says he's surprised by Pope Benedict XVI's decision to resign—a step not taken by a pope in centuries.

In a statement, Kurtz says:

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Business
12:41 pm
Sun February 10, 2013

Maker's Mark COO Rob Samuels: Extremely Short Supply Led to Cut in Bourbon's Alcohol by Volume

Credit Matt Lucht/Creative Commons

Maker's Mark was first made in the 1950s, but the family behind the bourbon has been distilling in Kentucky longer than Kentucky has been a state.

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Local News
9:00 am
Sun February 10, 2013

What We're Reading |2.10.12

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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:

Gabe Bullard: All you need to know about this piece is that it's about Frank Ocean. Go read it. Read Frank Ocean Can Fly.  

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun February 10, 2013

State Sen. Julie Denton Files Bill to Limit Constables' Powers

Jason Rector
Credit Kentucky Constable Association

Legislation that would abolish or greatly reduce the powers of Kentucky's constables was filed last week in the General Assembly, but the head of the Kentucky Constables Association says his group is creating a draft bill that would provide them training.

State Sen. Julie Denton, a Louisville Republican, filed a bill that would remove constables' peace officer powers from the Kentucky Revised Statutes—meaning that constables would lose police powers, such as the ability to make arrests. Constables could still serve court papers.

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Business
7:10 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Maker's Mark Reduces Alcohol By Volume to Meet Demand

Credit Creative Commons

It's now going to take a little more Maker's Mark to get you tipsy, not that Maker's is the sort of bourbon one drinks just to get tipsy.

Nonetheless.

Maker's Mark is reducing its alcohol by volume by three percent in an effort to meet increased demand, says an e-mail from executives to Maker's Mark Ambassadors.

Update 12:45 p.m. Sunday: Here's a Q&A with Maker's Mark chief operating officer Rob Samuels, where he explains the decision.

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Local News
12:35 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Byline: The Rubbertown Explosion Investigation, State of the Commonwealth and Jennifer Lawrence

The Kentucky General Assembly gets back to work, investigation results are released in the fatal 2011 explosion in Rubbertown and Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence talks Oscars today on Byline.

Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston will discuss the week in Frankfort as the legislative session resumes and Gov. Steve Beshear makes his State of the Commonwealth address.

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