Joseph Lord

Joseph Lord is a Louisville native who was raised in Jeffersontown. He attended Western Kentucky University before covering public safety and later city government for The Anniston (Ala.) Star. He's also covered education for The Tribune and Evening News in southern Indiana and music and pop culture for Velocity, The Courier-Journal's weekly entertainment magazine. 

Most recently, Joseph has been a digital news reporter for The Courier-Journal.
Joseph, 32, and his wife, Brandy Warren, have two daughters and live in the St. Joseph neighborhood. | Twitter


9:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Kentucky Leaders File Response to Lawsuit Challenging Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 6:01 am

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway are asking a federal judge to deny summary judgment—and an immediate injunction—in a lawsuit challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban.

In December, Louisville residents Greg Bourke and Michael De Leon asked a federal judge to issue a ruling and implement an injunction against the state's ban on same-sex marriage. On Monday, Beshear and Conway asked the judge to deny Bourke and De Leon's request.

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8:57 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Bad Experiences Hurt Kids' Lives for Years. Kentucky Leads the U.S. in Them, Report Says

Originally published on Sun November 3, 2013 11:02 pm

A child's future can be thwarted for years afte enduring several negative family events—a divorce, substance abuse in the home, an incarcerated parent, said Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates, citing research.

And Kentucky has among the highest percentages of children who have had three or more of those adverse experiences in their homes, Brooks said.

He's speaking to data released this morning in the report Kids Count: The First Eight Years, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Kentucky Youth Advocates.

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12:07 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

In Kentucky, Number of People Claiming Discrimination Increases 30 Percent

In the 2012-13 fiscal year, the number of people who contacted the Kentucky Human Rights Commission with possible discrimination incidents increased 30 percent compared to the same period a year before, according to an annual report.

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2:10 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Kentucky Ranks Last in U.S. for Access to Child Care Assistance, Report Says

Originally published on Wed October 23, 2013 5:23 pm

Kentucky ranks last in the U.S. for access to subsidy programs that help low-income parents pay for child care costs while they work, according to a report from the National Women's Law Center.

The report released Wednesday compares how each state handles child care assistance programs, which is funded partially through a federal grant.

In most states, the condition of child care assistance programs improved from the previous year—meaning, for instance, more families may be eligible for the subsidy, the report said.

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9:42 am
Mon October 14, 2013

A Kentuckian (Who You Maybe Never Have Heard of) Owns the Fourth Most Land in the U.S.

Originally published on Sun October 13, 2013 5:46 am

A low-key Kentuckian is among the nation's top landowners.

That's the word from The Land Report, a magazine for and about people who, well, own land.

The Land Report has recently ranked the "100 Largest Landowners in the U.S."—that is, the 100 people who own the most land in the nation.

No. 4 on the list is Brad Kelley. 

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6:52 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Kentucky Child Care Cut Critics to Push General Assembly to Expand Eligibility in 2014

Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 6:31 am

Critics of the state’s cuts to two programs benefiting thousands of Kentucky children are turning their focus to next year’s General Assembly session.

Earlier this year, the state Department for Community Based Services implemented drastic cuts to the Kinship Care and Child Care Assistance programs because of a budget shortfall. The programs give financial assistance to low-income working families to help cover child care costs.

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12:40 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Texting While Driving Will Cost 3 Points Against Kentucky Driver's License

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:48 am

Kentucky drivers will soon be assessed three "penalty points" against their licenses each time they're convicted of texting while driving.

The new penalty will be enacted through administrative regulations ordered by Gov. Steve Beshear, who announced the change in Louisville on Wednesday morning.

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3:07 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

The State Auditor's Findings on Spending Issues at Kentucky Emergency Management

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 12:09 pm

Kentucky Emergency Management officials spent more than $100,000 in state funds on parties and other "questioned expenses"—and also threatened employees and altered documents to hide it, according to a report released Tuesday by the state auditor's office.

The report will be referred to several agencies, including Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

WFPL's Rick Howlett is working on a story about state Auditor Adam Edelen's report.

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3:48 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Mitch McConnell Touts His Experience, Influence Compared to Alison Lundergan Grimes

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 3:29 pm

From Mitch McConnell's perspective, the 2014 race for his U.S. Senate seat comes down to in large part to his influence and many years of experience in Washington, D.C.

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2:18 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Five Years After Eight Belles

Eight Belles
Credit Wikimedia Commons

This week marks the 5-year anniversary of the death of Eight Belles. The second-place finisher in the 2008 Kentucky Derby toppled at the finish line and was euthanized on the track.  Kentucky Public Radio's Joseph Lord brings us this look at what's changed in the thoroughbred racing industry since the filly's death.

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