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


9:42 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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NPR Story
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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3:23 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Kentucky Ranks 47th in Bicycle Friendliness

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 2:48 pm

A national bicycling advocacy group has ranked the 50 states for cyclist friendliness.

Their determination: Kentucky is not so bicycle-friendly. 

Kentucky ranked 47th in the U.S., according to the League of American Bicyclists. 

That's better than North Dakota, Alabama and New Mexico. (And worse than the rest.)

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12:22 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Kentucky Third Most Stressed-Out State, Poll Says

Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 8:54 am

Misery loves company, after all.

Kentuckians are the third most stressed out people in the U.S., trailing only West Virginians and Rhode Islanders, says a new poll from Gallup.

In 2012, 44.8 percent of Kentuckians told Gallup that they'd experienced stress the previous day.

Kentuckians also are the second least likely to experience enjoyment. Rhode Island topped that list.

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10:14 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Maker's Mark Not Lowering Alcohol by Volume After All

Originally published on Sun February 17, 2013 1:48 pm

In response to criticism, Maker's Mark has decided not to reduce the alcohol by volume of its bourbon after all.

The distillery had recently moved to 42-percent alcohol by volume; the switch back to the traditional 45-percent alcohol by volume is immediate. The Loretto, Ky., distillery has posted this statement to its website—which Sunday afternoon wasn't loading properly—and Facebook page. 

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9:43 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Report: Papa John's Faces Lawsuit Over Text Messages

Originally published on Wed November 14, 2012 8:36 am

The problem was with spam, not the pizza.

A class-action lawsuit seeking $250 million has been filed against the Papa John's pizza chain because of a 500,000 unwanted text messages sent to customers, CNN Money is reporting

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