Gabe Bullard (KPR)

Kentucky Public Radio Correspondent

Journalist Gabe Bullard has been appointed News Director of WFPL, following a national search. WFPL provides local, national and international news to Metro Louisville and is part of the locally owned and operated not-for-profit Louisville Public Media.

“Our challenge was to find a person who possessed equal measures of excellence in journalism and expertise in emerging media, as well as vision, leadership, and a passion to build our local news initiative,” says Todd Mundt, VP and Chief Content Officer of Louisville Public Media. “We realized, as we interviewed candidates from around the country, that WFPL already employed someone with the depth of talent and unique combination of skills to move this news service forward.”

Bullard joined Louisville Public Media (LPM) in 2008 as a reporter covering government and local news. His hiring was part of LPM’s first phase of building a newsroom to meet the evolving needs of our community. It includes a focus on local government, the environment, and arts and humanities, and investment in new technology to accommodate the community’s demand for multiple platforms in news delivery. Along with radio, the Internet and mobile phones have become vital to LPM’s public service.

“At a time when journalism nationwide is in significant decline and the need for quality local news is in increasing demand, Louisville Public Media has made local news coverage the centerpiece of its strategic plan,” explains Donovan Reynolds, President of Louisville Public Media. “Placing Gabe Bullard in a leadership role will enable 89.3 WFPL to deepen and strengthen local news coverage in Metro Louisville and broaden its reach as a trusted, essential news source.”

For more information contact Todd Mundt at, or (502) 814-6500 or visit Read more about the Digital Newsroom Initiative at

Yesterday, WFPL News reported that Progress Kentucky, a liberal Super PAC, was behind the secret recording of a recent campaign strategy session between Senator Mitch McConnell and his re-election team.  The story has exploded, and it's the second time Progress Kentucky has drawn national headlines. And as Kentucky Public Radio's Gabe Bullard reports, neither incident has done the group any favors.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has vetoed the controversial ‘religious freedom’ bill.


The legislation would allow residents to ignore any laws or regulations that violate tenets of their faith. But opponents argued it could threaten civil rights protections for racial minorities, women and LGBT residents.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says he's leaning toward running for a second term, and will not run for the U.S. Senate again. Fischer's first bid for public office was in 2008, when he lost the Democratic Primary to run against Republican Senator Mitch McConnell.

State lawmakers return to Frankfort in two weeks, and the head of Kentucky Youth Advocates says there are a few steps they should take to address lingering issues affecting children. The latest Kids Count report shows that about a quarter of Kentucky's children live in poverty. In western Kentucky Fulton County recorded the highest rate, with 41 percent, and Carlisle County had the lowest rate at 15.8 percent.

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck is putting the brand in firebrand.

In addition to his radio show, books (fiction and nonfiction), TV enterprise, children's camps, stage shows and political movement, Beck is now taking

CNBC reports that University of Kentucky basketball star Anthony Davis has filed two trademarks regarding his notable browline.

Jobless rates have improved in 107 Kentucky counties, but not Jefferson. 

The Kentucky Office of Employment and Training released the latest unemployment numbers today. They show Jefferson County's jobless rate jumping from 8.1 percent in April to 8.6 percent in May. Most counties in the Louisville area saw similar increases.

Last May, the Jefferson County unemployment rate was 9.9 percent. 

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Several Democrats in the Kentucky Senate have held on to their memberships in the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, despite national blowback against the group for its conservative model laws. 

No More Pink Slime at Kroger

Mar 23, 2012

The grocery chain Kroger will no longer sell the type of ground beef containing what's recently been called “pink slime.”

It's a filler made up of fatty bits of meat that are left over from other cuts. In the industry, it's called “lean, finely textured beef.” It's treated with ammonia and meets food safety standards, but has recently been cited as an unappetizing example of over-industrialized food production.

Lexington attorney Gatewood Galbraith, a perennial candidate in Kentucky politics for decades died late yesterday.

Galbraith was 64. His death was made public on Facebook by his former running mate Dea Riley. The cause of death has not yet been released, but LEX 18 is reporting the Fayette County coroner said Galbraith had been dealing with congestion and died in his sleep.