Local News
1:41 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Media Critic: No Courier-Journal Reporters Were Laid Off, But They Did Suffer a Loss

The Courier-Journal office at Sixth Street and Broadway.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

The Courier-Journal laid off seven newsroom employees on Tuesday, including three major editors: Jean Porter,

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Local News
10:01 am
Fri March 14, 2014

Former Louisville Journalist Joel Brinkley, a Pulitzer Winner, Dies at 61

Joel Brinkley

Joel Brinkley, who won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting when he was a 29-year-old member of The Courier-Journal’s news staff in 1982, died Tuesday at a hospital in Washington, D.C. His wife, Sabra Chartrand, told reporters that the cause was acute undiagnosed leukemia, which resulted in respiratory failure from pneumonia. He was 61.

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Local News
12:22 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

LEO Editor Sarah Kelley Resigns Amid Editorial Staff Cuts, Art Department Partially Relocating

Update: See below for details on further cuts at LEO.

Louisville Eccentric Observer Editor Sarah Kelley has chosen to leave the paper rather than cut one of her reporters.

"Several weeks ago I was presented with the need to cut an editorial staff position," Kelley says. "After thinking about it for several days I realized that's not something I want to do. So I volunteered to be the person who left."

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Local News
2:17 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Courier-Journal Hires Three New Conservative Columnists

The Courier-Journal has replaced its lone conservative columnist with three men, including a former White House staffer and former state House member.

Pam Platt, The C-J's editorial page editor, announced the changes this weekend in the paper.

The new columnists are:

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2:37 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Team Mitch Blasts Bluegrass Poll as 'Malarkey'

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell at a Tea Party rally in Frankfort, Ky. last year
Credit Kenny Colston / Kentucky Public Radio

The re-election campaign for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is dismissing a poll conducted by The Louisville Courier-Journal, which shows the GOP leader with just 17 percent support.

According to the survey, voters opposed to McConnell’s re-election outnumber supporters 2-to-1. It also found that only one-third of Republican voters support him in the 2014 election, adding further fuel to Tea Party criticism and outright defiance of McConnell's leadership in Kentucky.

McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton responded by saying no incumbent could fare well given the surveys line of questioning.

"The question itself minimizes the level of support for an incumbent by requiring a poll respondent to pledge their allegiance despite the prospect of an unnamed utopian candidate looming in the wings," said Benton.  "To make the bias even more pronounced than a generic 'someone else,' which is difficult enough, this question hardens that by asserting you must support him 'no matter who runs against him.'  So your neighbor, best friend, husband/wife, priest, pastor, reverend or rabbi wouldn’t get your vote if they were on the ballot.

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Local News
2:58 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

City Reporter Dan Klepal Leaving Courier-Journal for Atlanta Newspaper

After five years in Louisville, city government reporter Dan Klepal is leaving the Courier-Journal.

Klepal has accepted a job with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"I'll be covering Gwinnett County government," he says. "It's a suburban county just north of Atlanta that has upwards of 800,000 residents, provides city-like services and has close to a $1 billion budget."

Klepal is the paper's main city government reporter, and was most notable for his recent coverage of Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin's alleged misuse of city discretionary funds. It was Klepa's work that was cited in an ethics complaint against Shanklin. 

The subsequent trial before the city Ethics Commission was earlier this month, and a verdict is expected in March, though Klepal will be three months into his new job at that time.

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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.

Local News
5:26 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Former Courier-Journal VP Latest to Sue Gannett Over Ageism

Former Courier-Journal  Vice President of Circulation Mike Huot was laid off last year, and is now suing the C-J and parent company Gannett for age discrimination.

Huot's total compensation was over $300,000, according to Gannett Blog. His lawsuit alleges that the paper brought in a younger employee to replace him. 

Today, Gannett Blog posted a copy of Huot's lawsuit.


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8:20 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

WDRB Nabs Bozich and Crawford From Courier-Journal

Sports columnists Eric Crawford and Rick Bozich are leaving their jobs at the Courier-Journal to join WDRB, Louisville's Fox affiliate. 

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Local News
2:19 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Courier-Journal Publisher Discusses New Online Paywall and Content Strategy

Courier-Journal publisher Wesley Jackson is in an odd position. He’s essentially the connection between a local institution (the paper) and a giant national corporation (C-J parent company Gannett) during an emotional and dramatic time for both.

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