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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Business
12:36 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Maker's Mark Not Lowering Alcohol by Volume After All

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In response to criticism, Maker's Mark has decided not to reduce the alcohol by volume of its bourbon after all.

The distillery had recently moved to 42-percent alcohol by volume; the switch back to the traditional 45-percent alcohol by volume is immediate. The Loretto, Ky., distillery has posted this statement to its website—which Sunday afternoon wasn't loading properly—and Facebook page. 

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Local News
7:46 am
Sun February 17, 2013

What We're Reading | 2.17.13

Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton
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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: The Paul Harvey "God Made a Farmer" pickup truck Super Bowl Ad (isn't that the title of a Tom Wolfe book?) is now famous. It's certainly stirring. But Alan Guebert at the Daily Yonder points out that it's not entirely accurate. Read It Takes a Myth to Sell a Myth.

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Arts and Humanities
7:41 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Jennifer Lawrence on the Oscars, Talk Show Nerves and Persistent Paparazzi; The WFPL Interview

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Calling Jennifer Lawrence a "Hollywood It Girl" doesn't come close to encapsulating what the Louisville native has become in her short career. "It Girl" implies an ingenue, untapped potential, an uncertain future. For a two-time Oscar nominee who also starred in a film that's grossed $408 million domestically, "It Girl" doesn't quite cut it—even if Lawrence is only 22.

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Local News
2:21 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

John David Dyche Quits Courier-Journal After Column is Rejected

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Conservative columnist John David Dyche will no longer write for The Courier-Journal after the newspaper rejected a piece he'd written that suggested reforms to the editorial page and that the paper disclose political affiliations of editors and reporters.

On Monday, Courier-Journal Editorial Director Pam Platt told Dyche that his most recently submitted column would not be published. Platt explained that piece didn't reflect what he was supposed to be writing—a conservative take on the issues of the day, according to Dyche's transcript of a voicemail left by Platt.

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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
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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
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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'

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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
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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

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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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