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
8:06 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

How Did So Much Violence Happen Saturday in Downtown Louisville?

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Louisville Metro Police are increasing their visibility downtown after a string of violent incidents Saturday night, but community activists say there are underlying issues that should also be addressed.

The series of events, via police, plays out like this:

A group of young people, perhaps 200, were gathered at Waterfront Park on Saturday evening. Some began assaulting and robbing a 13-year-old near the Big Four Bridge; when a bystander intervened, they assaulted and robbed him. Officers responded and broke up the gathering—and that's when the real mayhem began.

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Local News
6:43 am
Mon March 24, 2014

What's Next in the Kentucky Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit?

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So the lawsuit that sought to force Kentucky to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriage has been appealed and U.S. District Judge John Heyburn has extended a stay in the case.

What happens next?

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Local News
9:43 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Western Kentucky Falls to Baylor in Women's NCAA Tournament

In their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2008, the Western Kentucky Lady Toppers lost Saturday to the Baylor Bears.

Western Kentucky end the season with a 24-9 record that included a Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship. It was the second season for head coach Michelle Clark-Heard, a former Western Kentucky player and Louisville Cardinals assistant coach.

Junior forward Chastity Gooch led Western Kentucky with 23 points, but two Baylor players—Nina Davis and Odyssey Sims—scored just over 30. Baylor won 87-74.

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Local News
5:36 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Louisville Cardinals Top Saint Louis to Reach Sweet 16

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The Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team has reached the Sweet 16 for the third straight year.

The Cardinals, a four seed, defeated the Saint Louis Billikens 66-51 in their second game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament in Orlando, Fla.

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Local News
2:19 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Kentucky Wildcats Dominate Wright State in Women's NCAA Tournament

The Kentucky Wildcats women's basketball team made advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament look easy on Saturday.

The Wildcats crushed Wright State 106-60 in Lexington's Memorial Coliseum. Kentucky, a No. 3 seed, improved to 25-8 and next plays third-seed Syracuse or 11th-seed Chattanooga on Monday night.

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Local News
11:50 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Byline Today: Kentucky's Senate Race, Investigating an Eastern Kentucky Power Plant Plan and More

On Byline today, we'll get an update on the U.S. Senate race, hear about how politics and misinformation pushed through a proposed biomass plant in Eastern Kentucky and much more.

Join us at 1 p.m. today.

First up, WFPL's Phillip M. Bailey will discuss this week's events in the U.S. Senate race, which included a Louisville reporter being barred from a press conference with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a debate challenge from the senator's primary opponent.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Nate Silver: Louisville Cardinals Have Best Chance to Win Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

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Louisville Cardinals fans and many, many others weren't too pleased Sunday when the men's team was made a No. 4 seed in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

The fans thought the Cardinals, who dominated the American Athletic Conference, should've been seeded higher. Sports commentators agreed.

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Local News
6:52 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Louisville Cardinals Get No. 3 Seed in NCAA Women's Tournament

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The Louisville Cardinals will be the No. 3 seed in the Louisville region of the 2014 women's NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinals, ranked No. 4 by the Associated Press, play 14 seed Idaho on March 23 in their first game. Tennessee is the No. 1 seed in their region. UofL's road to the Final Four goes through the KFC Yum Center.

The Kentucky Wildcats are also a No. 3 seed. They're in the Notre Dame region, headed by No. 1 seed Notre Dame. They play 14 seed Wright State on March 22.

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Education
7:30 am
Mon March 17, 2014

In Its Second Year, the JCPS Elementary School Assignment System Got More Kindergarten Applications

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Jefferson County Public Schools had a slight increase in kindergarten applications before its "initial" school choice deadline, but overall elementary school applications declined, according to data provided by the school district.

JCPS administrators took steps to increase the number of applications before that "initial" January deadline, because those applications are given first priority in student assignment.

This year, 4,970 applications were sent for the kindergartners of the 2014-15 school year. For the 2013-14 class of kindergartners, 4,860 applications were sent.

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Education
10:00 am
Sun March 16, 2014

What's Next in the JCPS School of Innovation Competition?

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For the four School of Innovation finalists, the next few months will focus on shaping their concepts into more concrete proposals.

For Jefferson County Public Schools, the work over the next 17 months or so includes helping those teams develop their plans, looking to the board to make a decision and decide on funding, and then working to get the school open in the 2015-16 academic year.

To the point: Opening a School of Innovation will mean an allocation of resources amid parallel reviews of facilities and magnet school programs.

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