Laura Ellis


Laura has been with WFPL since 2004. During her time with the station she has booked talk shows, produced news specials, engineered remote broadcasts, shaped the minds of impressionable interns, and even changed diapers for guests whose babies accompanied them to the studio.

When she's not making radio, she's making a spectacle of herself on stage (or making theatrical sound design) for any number of local theatre companies—most frequently Pandora Productions and Looking for Lilith Theatre Company. When she's not making theatre or radio, she might be found making Prohibition-Era jazz with Billy Goat Strut Revue, while burlesque dancers shake what their mamas gave 'em.

When she's not making any of the previously-mentioned things, she's usually making tiny dogs shake her hand in exchange for cookies.


Local News
11:00 am
Sun August 5, 2012

Joe Sonka Reports Fundraising Trouble for Ark Encounter

In this week's LEO, Joe Sonka takes us inside the Creation Museum for a conversation with Ken Hamm, CEO of Answers in Genesis Ministry. Hamm talked about his next project, Ark Encounter, which will feature a rendition of Noah's Ark. Sonka joined us on Friday to talk about how fundraising troubles and construction delays have plagued the project, in a segment we believe is the first time dragons have been mentioned on Byline.

Local News
12:08 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Is a Local Sales Tax Option Good for Louisville?

Mayor Fischer has been an outspoken proponent of a local sales tax option for the city. At the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting in July, he explained: 

Let’s say we want a new forensic crime lab in Louisville, costs $35 million dollars, could be public transportation, could be schools—but again they’re optional. So in other words the voters of your city, the voters of your county get to vote yes or no.

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Arts and Humanities
7:00 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Jeffrey Lee Puckett on Music Criticism

Erin Keane WFPL News

Courier-Journal music writer Jeffrey Lee Puckett was awarded the Governor's Award in the Arts this year. On Friday's Byline, he joined WFPL's Erin Keane, and host Gabe Bullard, to talk about writing about music. He discussed what it's like to review local acts in a town where everyone knows everyone else, and revealed that his very first beat at the C-J involved bases, not basses.

1:16 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Go for It: Life Lessons from Girl Boxers

17-year old Claressa Shields believes losing is something other boxers do.
Sue Jaye Johnson

If you box, by definition, you’re a risk-taker. If you’re a girl and you box, you’re a risk-taker and a rule-breaker. If you’re a girl and you box and your aim is to be the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal for boxing – “That’s going for it, baby,” says actor, avid boxing fan and host Rosie Perez in a one-hour special from WNYC Radio and PRX, the Public Radio Exchange.

Visit WNYC's website to listen to the whole documentary.

Arts and Humanities
5:38 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

From the Driveway to the Big Screen: Archie Borders Takes Public Radio Story As Inspiration for Film

It all started with a "driveway moment," during an episode of This American Life on the theme of classified ads. In the introduction to Act 3, Ira Glass noted how often we see classified ads offering things, right next to classified ads of people looking for those very same things—a phenomenon he said was especially common in the musician section.

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Local News
10:00 am
Sat July 14, 2012

Metro Council Will Vote on Changes to Historic Landmarks Designation

Should the fate of historic buildings be decided by the city in general, or just those people who live nearby? That's the question at hand for the Metro Council's Planning and Zoning Committee, and they will vote on it this Tuesday. Under the current system, it takes 200 signatures on a petition to get a building declared a historic landmark. The proposed changes would require that 101 of those signatures come from within one mile of the structure, or within the same Council District.

Arts and Humanities
3:53 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

KY Shakespeare Director Says Much Ado is "a Kick in The Pants"

Last night, Kentucky Shakespeare opened its production of Much Ado About Nothing, with a twist—this version is set in the Wild West. Producing Artistic Director Brantley Dunaway joined WFPL's Erin Keane on Friday's Byline, to talk about the show, and what's new with Kentucky Shakespeare.

Local News
3:08 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Mayor Fischer on Crime, Development, Ethics in Metro Government, and More

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On a WFPL News Special Monday, Mayor Greg Fischer said urban crime is up across the country, but the city is reviewing national models to address the violence.

The chief of police told Metro Council members earlier this year that crime is up eight percent, and the crimes are more brazen—including a homicide in the Old Louisville neighborhood yesterday with an assault rifle. 

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Local News
12:59 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Monday News Special: Mayor Greg Fischer

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will join us Monday at 1pm to discuss jobs, crime and the latest controversies in the Metro Council. We'll get his take on the status of the former Kentucky Kingdom site, and the latest ruling involving the firefighters settlement. 

Join us with your thoughts, Monday from 1-2pm, at 502-814-TALK (8255),, or leave us a comment on our Facebook or Twitter

Local News
2:24 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

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