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Fall Membership Drive
7:10 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Louisville Public Media Raises $387,218 During Fall Membership Drive

WFPL's fall membership drive ended at 7 p.m. Saturday—2,817 members contributed $387,218 to Louisville Public Media, the parent organization 0f 89.3 WFPL, Classical 90.5, 91.9 WFPK and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

Louisville Public Media depends on the local community for over 90 percent of its funding, which comes from contributing listeners and business sponsors.

Thanks to all of our members who made this drive a success. You can contribute online anytime.

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News About WFPL
11:36 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Ja'Nel Johnson to Cover Community Health for WFPL News

Ja'Nel Johnson
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Ja'Nel Johnson has been hired as WFPL News' community health reporter, a new position that will expand the organization's coverage of health and healthcare issues.

Johnson comes to Louisville from KVNO News in Omaha, Neb., where she's been the news director for the last 16 months. She also serves as executive producer of "The Omaha News," a student-produced television show on the Omaha PBS affiliate.

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Local News
11:01 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Radiolab and Studio 360 Return to WFPL and Other August Changes

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Starting next week, we will be making some changes to the WFPL News radio schedule. Studio 360 is coming back. Thursday nights at 9, Kurt Andersen brings you insightful takes on arts and culture. Here's a look back at Mad Magazine from the American Icons series.

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Local News
8:00 am
Thu June 12, 2014

KyCIR, WFPL Win National Murrow Award in Investigative Reporting

R.G. Dunlop
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and WFPL on Tuesday won a national Murrow Award for a 2013 story about a serial criminal who murdered a 17-year-old Clarksville girl.

The radio story was reported by the KyCIR's R.G. Dunlop, with production assistance from WFPL's Laura Ellis.

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Local News
5:35 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Brendan McCarthy is WFPL's New Interim News Director

Brendan McCarthy
Credit Louisville Public Media

Starting today, Brendan McCarthy leads the newsrooms for both WFPL and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

He'll be the interim news director, adding on the responsibilities of Gabe Bullard, WFPL's director for news and editorial strategy. Bullard is heading to Harvard University in August for a Nieman Fellowship. Before departing, he'll help with the transition and work on other strategic initiatives. Bullard will return to Louisville in June 2015. 

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Local News
5:24 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

WFPL's Gabe Bullard is Going to Harvard to be a Nieman Fellow

Gabe Bullard
Credit Louisville Public Media

Bad news first. Gabe Bullard, WFPL's director of news and editorial strategy, is leaving.

The good news. It's only for 10 months, and he'll spend that time as a Nieman Fellow—a prestigious fellowship awarded to a select few journalists who get to study their field at Harvard University.

The Nieman Fellow's 2014-15 class was announced Wednesday. It includes 24 journalists representing The Wall Street Journal, NPR's Morning Edition, The Washington Post and more.  (Here's a full list.)

And Gabe.  

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Local News
7:11 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

WFPL Wins National, Regional, State Awards

Credit Society of Professional Journalists

The WFPL News team and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting have received several awards in the last week, earning honors on the national, regional and local stages.  

Nationally, Erica Peterson's series on black carbon, which utilized original air monitoring data, won the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in Radio Journalism.

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12:52 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Listen: In Louisville, Education Instigator Diane Ravitch Shares Concerns About School Reforms

Education historian Diane Ravitch is the recipient of the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Education.

She's against high-stakes testing, big business in schools, and doubts charters are the answer to improving public education. But Diane Ravitch, a New York University research professor who has become an influence voice in U.S. education, didn't always feel this way.

“It’s very difficult once you become embedded in a point of view to step back from it," Ravitch said Wednesday. "And I found that to be true because all your social networks tend to agree with you."

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Local News
10:59 am
Mon March 31, 2014

WFPL News Wins Many Awards From the Kentucky AP

WFPL News won a total of 25 awards at the Kentucky AP Broadcasters contest this weekend.

The newsroom took home nine first place trophies, ten for second place and six honorable mentions. WFPL's first place wins came in the categories of:

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Local News
4:14 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Spring Membership Drive - 2889 Members raised $407,000! Thank you!

The Spring Membership Drive ended Saturday at 7 pm. Thanks to Member support, Louisville Public Media raised over $407,000. Thank you to the 2889 Members who took us over our original goal!