Local News
7:00 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Media Critic | Louisville TV News Focuses on Crime Above All

James Miller
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Is Louisville more or less safe than it used to be?

If you watch local television news, you’re more likely to think that Louisville is less safe. This is partially because the local TV outlets—WAVE, WHAS, WLKY, and WDRB—spend an extraordinary amount of time covering crime stories despite the preponderance of other, more newsworthy topics.

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Local News
2:21 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

John David Dyche Quits Courier-Journal After Column is Rejected

John David Dyche

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On Monday, Courier-Journal Editorial Director Pam Platt told Dyche that his most recently submitted column would not be published.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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Media Critic
6:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Students' Voices Missing from Louisville Media's Education Coverage

James Miller
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Years ago, media critics roamed the Earth. Even mid-sized markets could support one or two columnists who analyzed how newspapers and TV and radio stations covered the news of the day, and how that coverage affected the community's understanding and perception of those stories. But in cities like Louisville, media criticism has gone the way of afternoon papers and Saturday mail.

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Local News
12:29 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Get Reading: Library Offers Free E-Magazines

Looking for the latest edition of ESPN Magazine, Esquire or Elle? How about Knit Magazine or Bloomberg Business Week? Well, if you're a Louisville Free Public Library member, look no further.

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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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Local News
2:48 pm
Wed October 10, 2012

HuffPo Asks for Photos of 'Real Kentucky'

The Huffington Post asks Kentucky readers to submit local photos this week: 

Foreclosure filings are up more than 10 percent in Jefferson County, Ky., from this time last year. And there are so many abandoned houses in Louisville that the state's attorney general recently earmarked more than $3 million to deal with the glut of vacant property.

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Local News
1:45 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Nightline Covers Case of Louisville Teen Who Tweeted About Her Attackers

ABC News' Nighline program will air a piece this evening on Savannah Dietrich, the Louisville teenager who faced contempt charges for tweeting the names of two boys who sexually assaulted her.

Attorneys said the tweet violated the confidentiality of the juvenile proceeding. But Dietrich's story spread rapidly across the Internet, and Courier-Journal reporter Jason Riley calls Dietrich "a bit of a First Amendment hero" in the Nightline piece:

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Local News
2:32 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

WLKY Wins Most Time Slots in Latest Ratings Report

The ratings from July sweeps are in and WLKY has bested most of its competition in Louisville.

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Arts and Humanities
4:08 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Courier-Journal Music Writer Wins Governor's Award

Erin Keane WFPL News

The Kentucky Arts Council has announced the recipients of this year’s Governor’s Awards in the Arts. Long-time Courier-Journal music writer Jeffrey Lee Puckett is among the honorees.

The Governor’s Awards are the commonwealth’s highest honor in the arts. The annual awards recognize individuals and businesses who have made a significant impact on the Kentucky arts landscape. They’re awarded in nine categories, including media. 

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Local News
12:59 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Four Louisville Radio Stations Up for Sale

The Cox Media Group is selling its radio stations in Louisville.

The Atlanta-based conglomerate has purchased TV stations in Florida and Oklahoma, and will sell its properties in several cities to focus on larger markets. The stations up for sale in Louisville are: