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
3:28 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard Defies Southern Baptist Stereotypes

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A familiar face showed up on the cover of Monday's Courier-Journal: A profile of Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard looked at his life, his recent ordination, and some criticism from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler. Reverend Mohler says Blanchard's ordination illustrated the rift between traditional Baptist churches and more liberal congregations like Highland Baptist Church, whom Mohler says "defy scripture."

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9:00 am
Sun July 1, 2012

Indiana's Political Landscape Without Mitch Daniels "Hard to Get Used To"

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has accepted the presidency of Purdue University, starting when his term is over in January. The Indianapolis Star's Mary Beth Schneider said the move had been rumored for a while, but the  idea of Mitch Daniels not being involved in partisan politics is hard for many to imagine. "The thought of the Indiana Republican landscape without Mitch Daniels as an active player is hard to get used to," she says, "and I think it's hard for him to get used to too." Schneider joined us on Friday's Byline to talk about the move's possible impact on Indiana politics. 

5:30 pm
Sat June 30, 2012

C-J's James Carroll Says Health Care Will Be Big Campaign Issue; Economy Bigger

Thursday's Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act came as a shock to many, who expected the High Court to declare it unconstitutional. James Carroll covers the Capitol for the Courier-Journal, and he joined us Friday on Byline to talk about reactions to the decision. 


4:20 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Poet Maurice Manning Opens Natural Habitat Reading Series

Typecast Publishing, founded in 2006, is a boutique publishing house based in Louisville, which WFPL's Erin Keane says, "has blossomed into a bit of grassroots mini media empire." Thursday night, they kicked off their summer reading series with Kentucky poet Maurice Manning.

Local News
9:23 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

4,000 Were Without Power in Old Louisville

At 9pm Thursday night, LG&E reported an power outage affecting just under 4,000 customers, mostly in the Old Louisville neighborhood. Power was restored by 9:30pm. Spokesperson Chris Whelan said the cause of the outage was unknown at the time.

Local News
9:00 am
Sun June 24, 2012

VA Hospital Would Not Affect Traffic, Consultants Say

The Veterans Administration is on the verge of purchasing over 35 acres of property on Brownsboro Road, to build a new VA hospital in Louisville. Consultants on the project say the hospital wouldn't have an impact on traffic or quality of life  in the area. Chris Otts has covered the story for the Courier-Journal, and he joined WFPL's Devin Katayama to talk about the latest developments, and what's next.



9:30 am
Sat June 23, 2012

Fund for the Arts President Barbara Sexton Smith on Funding Priorities

Fund for the Arts President and CEO, Barbara Sexton Smith, joined WFPL's Erin Kean on Friday's Byline to talk about the evolution of the organization and its funding priorities.


Local News
8:30 am
Sat June 16, 2012

Arena Authority Wants New Management; Indiana Will Pay for East End Tunnel

It's been a busy few months for the Kentucky Fair Board; most recently, the Arena Authority voted Monday to pursue new management for the YUM Center. The Courier-Journal's Marcus Green joined us on Friday's Byline to catch us up.

Later in the segment, Marcus was joined by the Indianapolis Star's Chris Sikich. Both reporters have covered the bridges project and they talked about the latest in bridge news.

Arts and Humanities
4:56 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Author Charles Newton on Why He Writes Fiction

Charlie Newton, author of "Start Shooting," will read and lead a workshop at Second Story Books this week.
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"Charlie Newton is an over-sized character," WFPL's Erin Keane says, "almost like a character in one of his books." Newton, author of "Start Shooting," will read and lead a workshop at Second Story Books this week, and Erin spoke with him about why he writes fiction (with a heavy emphasis on authenticity) rather than non-fiction. She joined us on Friday's Byline to talk about their conversation.



Local News
11:42 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard Named Honorary Grand Marshall of Pride Parade

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Maurice "Bojangles" Blanchard—co-chair of Faith Leaders for Fairness and founder of the True Colors Ministry at Highland Baptist Church (and WFPL Defining Fairness interviewee)—will serve as Honorary Grand Marshall in the Kentucky Pride Parade on Friday. Reverend Blanchard was ordained last month, making him one of fewer than two dozen openly gay ministers in the U.S. Baptist Church. 

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