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
6:50 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Former Chinese Political Prisoner Harry Wu: U.S. Companies Too Cozy with Communist China

Harry Wu
Credit University of Louisville

Communism in China brought mixed reactions for a young Harry Wu.

When he visited poorer regions of the country, Wu could see some benefits for the poor. But Wu's father was a banker, among the capitalist class who were being persecuted in Mao's China. He considered leaving — maybe going to the then-British controlled Hong Kong — but he decided to stay in China and study. 

His family's past wealth caused him harassment until, in 1960, he was shipped off to a labor camp. And in labor camps he'd stay for the next 19 years.

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Local News
1:22 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Tickets to Hear Dalai Lama at KFC Yum Center on Sale Wednesday

The 14th Dalai Lama
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Tickets to hear the Dalai Lama speak in May in Louisville  go on sale Wednesday morning.

The Buddhist leader and Nobel laureate will speak on May 19-20 at the KFC Yum Center in an event called Engaging Compassion, focusing on "how an individual can engage with compassion from within his or her own religious tradition in order to build world peace from the local level to the world community," according to a news release from the KFC Yum Center. The Monday talk will be a two-part public Buddhist teaching called "Attisha's Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment."

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Local News
11:15 am
Tue January 22, 2013

NYT: Kentuckian Matthew Barzun Frontrunner for U.S. Ambassadorship to Britain

Matthew Barzun
Credit U.S. State Department

Kentuckian Matthew Barzun will be the U.S. to the United Kingdom if he wants the job, The New York Times has reported, citing donors and adviser to President Obama.

Barzun, a former tech executive and major Obama fundraiser, has been the front-runner for the prestigious post since November, The Times reported. If the reports are true, he'd beat out for the job the famed editor of Vogue magazine, Anna Wintour.

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Local News
11:46 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Activists Call on Cordish to Implement Policy Changes at Fourth Street Live to Address Race Concerns

Activists gathered at Fourth Street Live on Monday to speak about concerns over racial discrimination.
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Updated:  In his time as a security supervisor at Fourth Street Live, John Michaels often was called to the entertainment district's entry points to mediate dress code issues, he said. He said he quit in 2009 out of concerns that that dress code wasn't being enforced fairly. Were people being denied entry out of race or legitimate concerns over dress at the privately operated district? 

"I think it was a little bit of both," Micheals said.

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Local News
10:00 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence Hosts 'Saturday Night Live'

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With the Academy Awards campaign season in full swing (yes, non-Oscars buffs, there is such a thing), Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence hosted "Saturday Night Live" this week. Lawrence, an Oscar nominee and recent Golden Globe winner for Silver Linings Playbook, appeared in several segments. Here are a few highlights.

Hunger Games press conference:

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Local News
8:23 am
Sun January 20, 2013

What Would a Downtown Casino Do for Louisville?

Will Louisville roll the dice on a downtown casino?
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Suddenly, something that didn't seem possible became, however slightly, a possibility.

In an interview with WFPL, Mayor Greg Fischer said downtown Louisville would be a good spot for a casino.

"That could change a whole lot of the dynamics downtown," Fischer said earlier this month.

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Local News
7:00 am
Sun January 20, 2013

What We're Reading | 1.20.13

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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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Politics
2:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

WFPL to Carry Special Coverage Monday of the Inauguration Ceremony

President Obama is sworn in in 2008.
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WFPL will carry NPR's special live coverage Monday as President Obama is sworn in to his second term in office in Washington, D.C.

Special coverage begins at 10 a.m. with Steve Inskeep and Audie Cornish hosting from the west front of the U.S. Capitol, site of the inauguration ceremony. NPR's White House correspondents, Ari Shapiro and Scott Horsley, will join them.

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Local News
11:29 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Today on Byline: Vicco Passes a Fairness Ordinance, a Look at Lynn's Paradise Cafe and More

The sudden closure of a famed Louisville restaurant, a small-town enacts a Fairness Ordinance and the legacy of a controversial Metro Council member who died this week — those will be some of the topics on WFPL's Byline at 1 p.m. Friday.

WFPL's Rick Howlett will talk to Louisville Magazine's Josh Moss about his November profile of the owner of Lynn's Paradise Cafe, the restaurant which abruptly closed last week.

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Local News
2:03 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Indiana Encourages Flu Vaccination; Gov. Mike Pence Gets His

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence getting a flu vaccine.
Credit Indiana Governor's Office

Indiana officials are encouraging Hoosiers to be vaccinated against the influenza virus — and the state's new governor on Thursday heeded the call.

Here's more from the governor's office:

The 2012/13 flu season has been severe across the nation, with a higher number of hospitalizations and deaths than in recent years. Flu season typically lasts from October through May, so it's not too late to become vaccinated. 

Hoosiers can get information on locations offering flu vaccines here.

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