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Louisville Public Media Hires Suhail Bhat As Data Reporter

Louisville Public Media has hired Suhail Bhat as a data reporter.

Bhat is a data journalist and 2020 graduate of the Data Journalism program at Columbia Journalism School in New York City. Before attending Columbia, he was a correspondent at Reuters, where he covered Asian corporate news and Wall Street for four years. He also worked as a business writer at Mumbai-based outlet, DNA, and wrote about central bank policies and economic indicators.

“It is an honor to be a member of a newsroom that believes in bringing change and holding power to account through on-ground journalism. Through enterprise and investigative reporting, Louisville Public Media highlights the meaning and importance of local newsrooms, especially at a time when COVID-19 has exposed the media industry to further uncertainties,” said Bhat.

He will work with reporters and editors in all three news entities at Louisville Public Media — 89.3 WFPL, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and the Ohio Valley Resource — balancing different projects and investigations to produce explanatory graphics and interactive tools, analyze relevant data sets and find stories in data.

“We are thrilled to have Suhail joining us,” Ohio Valley ReSource managing editor Jeff Young said. “His work …

Coming This Week: Changes To WFPL’s Weekend Lineup

July 1 marks some changes to the WFPL program schedule — mostly to the weekend lineup. Here’s what’s coming to 89.3 WFPL:


Two new shows are coming to the WFPL Saturday schedule: Live Wire and Planet Money/How I Built This.

Live Wire: Saturday at 12 p.m.

“Live Wire” is a variety show hosted by Luke Burbank (a frequent panelist on “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me”). In pre-COVID times it was taped in front of a live audience in Portland, OR, but for the past few months the team has reimagined it as Live Wire House Party. It’s still a variety show designed to introduce audiences to “an eclectic cadre of artists, musicians, writers, comedians and cultural observers,” but now it’s taped from home.

Planet Money/How I Built This: Saturday at 6 p.m.

This pairing of two popular NPR podcasts — “Planet Money” and “How I Built This” — is now coming to WFPL right after Weekend All Things Considered on Saturday.

From NPR:

Planet Money explains the economy with playful storytelling and Peabody award-winning deep dive, roll up your sleeves journalism. The team includes Robert Smith, Jacob Goldstein, Stacey Vanek Smith, Noel King, Ailsa Chang and Kenny Malone.

Guy …

89.3 WFPL Hires Michelle Tyrene Johnson As Associate Producer

89.3 WFPL News Louisville has hired Michelle Tyrene Johnson as Associate Producer. In this role, Johnson will produce WFPL’s local weekly talk show, “In Conversation with Rick Howlett.” She will also work with the news team on special audio projects and podcast productions.

Johnson comes to Louisville Public Media from KCUR 89.3, Kansas City, Missouri’s NPR member station, where as a reporter she covered race, culture and identity as part of Sharing America, a national collaborative reporting project. She was also an associate producer and fill-in host for KCUR’s two talk shows: “Central Standard” and “Up To Date.”

A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Michelle has been a newspaper reporter, including at the Louisville Courier Journal, an employment attorney, a diversity and inclusion speaker, a columnist and is an award-winning playwright. She is an author of three books about diversity and one book about her grandmother.

As a 2019 Pulitzer Center grantee, Michelle traveled to Dakar, Senegal, Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Memphis, Tennessee to cover how cities around the world have honored the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Michelle is a dedicated journalist who’s bringing a ton of ideas and enthusiasm to ‘In Conversation,’ as well as other WFPL projects,” …

Louisville Public Media’s Newsroom Wins 6 Regional Murrow Awards

Louisville Public Media’s local and investigative news teams have won five Edward R. Murrow regional awards, while the station and its regional partners share another. The awards are presented annually by the Radio Television Digital News Association, and honor newsrooms for outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital journalism.

LPM’s newsroom consists of WFPL News, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and the Ohio Valley ReSource, which is a collaboration between public radio stations in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia.

WFPL News was given the RTDNA’s top award for overall excellence for small markets in a region that includes Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. WFPL will now compete for the national award for excellence in its market category.

Judges also recognized WFPL for Unequal, a series of stories reported by Ryan Van Velzer and Alexandra Kanik, about air quality differences in the city of Louisville.

Reporting from KyCIR’s Jacob Ryan on Louisville’s public nuisance ordinance’s unintended consequences received the top award for investigative reporting. Prosecution Declined, an in-depth look at the city’s rape prosecutions, reported by Eleanor Klibanoff and produced by Laura Ellis, won the top prize for documentaries.

The top award for continuing coverage …

WFPL, KyCIR Announce Expansion Of Newsroom Through Report For America

Louisville Public Media (LPM) is expanding its local nonprofit newsroom with help from the national reporting initiative Report For America (RFA), an initiative of The GroundTruth Project. Both 89.3 WFPL News and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting have been selected to host an RFA corps member beginning June 1, 2020. Louisville Public Media is one of 164 newsrooms selected to host RFA reporters in 28 states and Puerto Rico.

Report for America is a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues and communities. This year’s corps was chosen after a highly selective national competition that drew more than 1,800 applications. Leading journalists, editors and academics from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds and different media platforms acted as judges.

“The talent level of our applicants was extraordinary,” said Kim Kleman, National Director of Report for America. “And it shows that there’s a new generation that can’t wait to get out there, connect with residents and report on what’s happening in communities throughout the country.”

At KyCIR, Graham Ambrose will cover the underreported challenges with youth and social services throughout the commonwealth. John Boyle will cover health for WFPL News, as well as Southern …

Here Are Some Non-Coronavirus Stories You May Have Missed

If you’re looking for some things to listen to or read today that aren’t pandemic-related, we’ve collected some nice listens, long reads and hard-hitting investigations from our newsroom in recent months.

You can listen to the stories in the players embedded below.

Curious Louisville: What’s That Door In A Hill On Lexington Road?

Let Ashlie Stevens take you through that door near Headliners Music Hall and tell you what she sees on the other side.

(Side note: the Curious Louisville podcast is home to dozens of delightful stories like this. FInd it on your favorite app: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | NPR | Spotify | Stitcher | RadioPublic)

A Rare Look Into The Condemned Third Floor Of Louisville’s Academy @ Shawnee

The third floor of the Academy @ Shawnee in Louisville’s West End has sat empty since 1981. At the time, the district said there weren’t enough students there to justify the cost of renovating it, and it was closed. Nearly 40 years later, the district has decided to fix it and reopen it to students once more. Jess Clark of WFPL News got a rare look inside, before the work began.

In Ohio Watershed, Higher Water Lines

From Ruby Sales To Beyoncé, Celebrate Black History Month With Programming On 89.3 WFPL

WFPL will air special programming on Wednesdays and Thursdays in February to commemorate Black History Month. From historical pieces looking at moments in the Civil Rights movement to an hour-long special about pop icon Beyoncé, here’s what’s on tap:

Wednesday, February 12 at 8 p.m.: Ida B. Wells’ Battle To Uncover The Truth

“Born to enslaved parents on a Mississippi plantation during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells emerged as a powerful investigative journalist. She overcame death threats and published widely in her quest to document the domestic terrorism against African Americans that came to be known as lynching. Ida Wells published the first major study of that crime. A close associate of Frederick Douglass, she helped to found the NAACP and advocated the right to vote for women and black Americans. Her amazing life story is finally gaining recognition, nearly 90 years after her death. Among those heard: NY Times correspondent Nikole Hannah-Jones, who led the “1619 Project” on the history of enslaved peoples in America; Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama, which in 2018 established the first national memorial to victims of lynching; Smith College Prof. Paula Giddings, principal biographer of Ida B. …

89.3 WFPL Hires Mike Edgerly As Managing Editor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville Public Media has hired Mike Edgerly as 89.3 WFPL News Louisville’s managing editor. In this role, Edgerly will help lead WFPL’s daily news operations and manage its six beat reporters.

“WFPL and Louisville Public Media are in the vanguard among public media stations reporting vital, distinctive local stories and I am honored to become a part of this team,” Edgerly said. “My wife, Lynnette, and I are truly excited at the opportunity to return to Kentucky.”

Edgerly brings more than 40 years of experience in public and commercial radio and television newsrooms to WFPL.

He started his career at small radio stations in western Kentucky and joined WHAS Radio in Louisville in 1979 to cover state government, politics and daily news. While there, he produced an in-depth look at Louisville’s growing homeless population that won a George Foster Peabody award in 1985 and was lauded as “the highest form of public service” by a radio station.

In 1991, Edgerly joined Minnesota Public Radio News in St. Paul where he produced news magazines, edited thousands of news stories and as news director, helped lead one of the largest public radio newsrooms in the nation. He was also the …

KyCIR Hires New Investigative Reporter

Louisville Public Media has hired Jared Bennett as an investigative reporter at KyCIR.

Bennett is currently a reporter on the inequality, opportunity and poverty team at the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit newsroom. He’s worked at CPI since 2014.

“I’ve been a fan of KyCIR for years, and I’m excited to help tell stories that make a difference for people in Kentucky,” Bennett said.

Bennett’s reporting on business and technology has been recognized with awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards, and as a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Awards.

He worked as a digital producer at WBUR in Boston before joining the Center’s digital team in the summer of 2014.

“Jared’s work distills big policy issues down to their essence: why they matter, and how they affect people,” said KyCIR managing editor Kate Howard. “We are confident he will do great work that will spur change on behalf of Kentuckians.”

Bennett holds a master’s degree in multimedia journalism from Emerson College in 2014 and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from SUNY Geneseo in 2011. He’ll begin at KyCIR in mid-January. …

From ‘A Child’s Christmas’ To ‘Hanukkah Lights,’ Here’s WFPL’s Holiday Programming

This year on 89.3 WFPL, we’re rebroadcasting some public radio holiday favorites, along with the premiere of a special Christmas story produced here in Louisville.

Local broadcaster Barry Bernson has reimagined Dylan Thomas’ story “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” for a radio audience, complete with voices from our community. We’ll air that on Christmas Eve at 8:00 p.m. and Christmas Day at 10:00 a.m.

And of course, we’ll bring you classics including Hanukkah Lights, Tinsel Tales, A Season’s Griot and Toast of the Nation.

Here’s a full schedule:

Sunday, December 22

9:00 p.m.: Hanukkah Lights 2019
The NPR favorite returns with all new Hanukkah stories. Authors TBA. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Tuesday, December 24

8:00 p.m.: A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Produced for WFPL by Barry Bernson and Laura Ellis, this updated production of Dylan Thomas’ 1952 classic is told from the perspective of a young boy at Christmastime.

8:30 p.m.: B-Sides: Holiday Special

Just in time for the holidays, the B-Side Radio crew brings you stories of holiday cooking, shopping, tree hunting and charity gone awry.

Wednesday, December 25

9:00 a.m.: Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol
An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by …

WFPL, KyCIR To Expand, With Help From Report For America

Louisville Public Media’s nonprofit newsroom is expanding its coverage areas, with help from the national reporting initiative Report For America.

LPM announced Monday that both 89.3 WFPL News and the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting have been selected to host an RFA corps member beginning in June. The two reporters will cover critical subjects and areas: social services and southern Indiana communities.

Report for America is a highly competitive national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues and communities. RFA will place 250 reporters in newsrooms across the country in 2020. The organization provides half the cost of a reporter’s annual salary; the other half comes from a local news organization and local donors.

The WFPL reporter will bring our audiences more and deeper reporting about southern Indiana. They’ll connect the dots between counties, localize state and regional politics, and identify trends. And they’ll bring critical news about the environment, health, development and government from these communities to Louisville and Kentucky listeners.

“Our audience in southern Indiana deserves more news about their communities — and our Louisville audience deserves more coverage of what’s going on across the river, too,” said WFPL Director of …

Gratitude, Family Stories And Lots Of Turkey: Here’s WFPL’s Thanksgiving Day Programming

Whether your Thanksgiving brings cooking frenzies, tryptophan-induced comas, time with family and friends or all of the above, WFPL has holiday programming for you. Here’s what will air on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28) this year; you can listen at 89.3 FM or stream us online.

10 a.m.: Snap Judgment Gratitude

“‘Tis the season to consider those things that we are most thankful for. And so this week on Snap Judgment we’re taking a look back on some of the stories we’ve done that touch on this theme of gratitude, because we are so thankful.”

11 a.m.: Science and Thanksgiving (from WHYY’s the Pulse)

“Thanksgiving usually means we’re going big — way over the top. Twice the size bird we could possibly eat. More side dishes than the table can hold, and of course, so much pie. We travel great distances to see our families and friends — we hug, we eat, we argue, and we nap. On this special episode of The Pulse, we explore the traditions and rituals of Thanksgiving through a scientific lens. We hear stories about the neuroscience of gratitude — and how it can help us through grief; the environmental impact of our holiday feasts, …

Live On WFPL On Sunday: A Call-In Special On Our Democracy

It’s been quite a year, and 2020 is shaping up to be another interesting one. Coming off of a week of impeachment hearings and just before many Americans will gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving, let’s talk about the state of our country’s democracy.

On Sunday, November 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 89.3 WFPL will air “America Are We Ready?,” a live three-hour call-in special. Here are the topics and scheduled guests, from WNYC:

Hour One: Impeaching 

The impeachment process now underway flows from the founders’ decision to have a strong presidency. Impeachment was included as a check and balance if all else fails to prevent a president from acting like a monarch. We will examine the presidency itself and its place in American democracy in the context of the impeachment and election campaigns now simultaneously under way.

Guests include: 

  • Mary Frances Berry, professor of constitutional, legal and African American history at the University of Pennsylvania, former chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and the author of twelve books including, History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times
  • Jeffrey Engel, founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern
  • Veterans Day Programming On WFPL

    Monday is Veterans Day, honoring those who have served in the military. It’s also Armistice Day, marking the official end of World War I and WFPL will air two special programs to commemorate the holiday.

    On Sunday, November 10 at 9 p.m., we’ll air Shell Shock 1919: How the Great War Changed Culture. It’s a documentary about World War I from WNYC:

    World War I presented civilization with unprecedented violence and destruction. The shock of the first modern, “industrial” war extended far into the 20th century and even into the 21st, and changed how people saw the world and themselves. And that was reflected in the cultural responses to the war – which included a burgeoning obsession with beauty and body image, the birth of jazz, new thinking about the human psyche, the Harlem Renaissance, Surrealism…and more.

    WNYC’s Sara Fishko and guests sift through the lingering effects of the Great War on modern art and life in Shell Shock 1919: How the Great War Changed Culture.

    Guests include Jon Batiste, Ann Temkin, David Lubin, Philipp Blom, Jay Winter, Ana Carden-Coyne, Sabine Rewald, David Levering Lewis, Emma Chambers, Marion von Osten, Emily Bernard, and Gail Stavitsky.

    Then, on Monday, November 11 at 8 …

    This Thursday On 89.3 WFPL: An ‘Embedded’ Special On Mitch McConnell

    Like him or hate him, people in Louisville know: Mitch McConnell is powerful. And one thing that sets the 77-year-old Kentucky Senator apart is the way he rose to power — and held on to it.

    In NPR’s Embedded, host Kelly McEvers follows McConnell’s career from that 1984 election against Dee Huddleston to the present day. And if you didn’t get a chance to listen to the whole podcast, 89.3 WFPL will air an hour-long special highlighting that reporting on Thursday, October 24 at 8 p.m.

    From NPR:

    “’Embedded: Gaining and Holding Power; a Profile of Mitch McConnell’ traces the career of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: from his earliest election races, to the influence he’s had in blocking campaign finance reform, and his relationship with a most unlikely ally, President Donald Trump. This Embedded Special Report is crafted from the series of podcasts that published over the summer, and includes excerpts of rare, sit-down interviews with McConnell.”

    McEvers and special guests will also be in Louisville a week later for a special live event to talk about what they found in their reporting and how they got there — placing McConnell’s local story into a national context. That’s Friday, …

    Listen To The Democratic Debate Tuesday On WFPL

    Twelve Democratic presidential candidates will face each other on Tuesday, October 15 in Westerville, Ohio for a debate hosted by CNN and the New York Times. You can listen to that debate live at 8:00 p.m. on 89.3 WFPL, hosted by NPR’s Audie Cornish.

    This is the first debate of this campaign season where the Democratic field has been narrowed enough to hold a single event, ensuring all of the front-runners have a chance to address each other. But as the New York Times reports, this is also the most crowded debate stage in history.

    Here’s who qualified (meaning they had at least a 2 percent polling threshold in four Democratic National Committee-approved polls, and also at least 130,000 unique donors including 400 per state from at least 20 states):

  • Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
  • Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey
  • Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Ind.
  • Julián Castro, the former housing secretary
  • Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii
  • Senator Kamala Harris of California
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota
  • Former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas
  • Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont
  • Tom Steyer, a former hedge fund investor
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
  • Andrew Yang, a tech entrepreneur
  • Listen …

    WFPL, KyCIR, OVR Coverage Wins Numerous Local, State, National Awards

    The Louisville Public Media team took home some serious hardware during this year’s award season. Congrats to the reporters and editors from WFPL, Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting and Ohio Valley ReSource! Here’s a rundown, and links to read our award-winning work.

    Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism

    The Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism recognize the best health reporting in print, broadcast and online media.

    Edward R. Murrow Award

    The Radio Television Digital News Association honors outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.

  • 2019 Regional Award — Overall Excellence
  • 2019 Regional Award — Investigative Reporting for “Fatal Flaws”
  • 2019 Regional Award — Excellence in Writing for Ryan Van Velzer’s Environmental Reporting
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors

    The country’s top investigative journalism association honors the best work in the nation.

    Kentucky Associated Press Broadcasters

    Louisville Public Media’s news teams took home five first place awards, including an award for Overall Excellence (which included submissions from everyone in the newsroom).

    Other first place awards included:

    Green Eyeshade Award

    The Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Green Eyeshade Awards honor the best online, radio, print and television journalism in the southeastern United States.

    Excellence In Financial Journalism Awards

    The Excellence in Financial Journalism Awards, …

    This Week: Selections From The 2019 Festival Of Faiths On WFPL

    This year, the annual Festival of Faiths focused on the intersection between faith and science. For several days in April, faith leaders, scientists, academics and interested people gathered at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts in Louisville to delve deeper into these subjects.

    This week, WFPL will broadcast some of those sessions at 8 p.m. Listen on 89.3 FM or stream here. Here’s the lineup:

    Monday: Connection and Disconnection

    This discussion features Jesse Wright of U of L’s Depression Center, Navajo activist Woman Stands Shining and neuroscientist Naweed Syed. They discuss the ways people are isolated and connected in today’s modern society.

    Tuesday: Vivek Murthy and Lisa Miller

    When he was the Surgeon General of the United States, Vivek Murthy focused on addiction, vaccinations and physical activity. But when he spoke at the Festival of Faiths he wanted to talk about something else: loneliness.

    And Lisa Miller, a professor of psychology and education at Columbia University’s Teachers College talks about spirituality in children.

    Wednesday: The Climate Crisis

    This discussion includes Union of Concerned Scientists President Ken Kimmell, Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, the former Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church of the United States and Mary Evelyn Tucker …

    Announcing WFPL’s New Weekly Talk Show: In Conversation

    We’re excited to announce that a new, locally-produced talk show is coming to 89.3 WFPL — and we want you to join the conversation.

    “In Conversation with Rick Howlett,” will air live Fridays at 11 a.m. starting January 18. The show will be an hour-long, thoughtful-but-lively discussion with a variety of guests about the biggest issues facing our city, state and region.

    We’ll take calls from listeners and comments from social media, giving the community a platform to have their questions answered and hold elected officials accountable. The show will give people a space to talk — both to each other, and with the larger community.

    We also want your input on show topics. What are the important issues that aren’t being publicly discussed? Who do you want to hear from? What’s happening in your neighborhood? Send us your ideas through the form below, and we’ll let you know if we produce a show on the topic.

    And despite what it looks like in the video below, I won’t be answering all the phones at once.


    Here’s what’s on tap for the first two episodes:

    January 18: Have we reached peak bourbon? I’ll talk with bourbon author Susan …

    Time To Light The Menorah Once Again With ‘Hanukkah Lights’

    Happy December! ‘Tis the season for hot chocolate, Snuggies and holiday celebrations for many different religions and cultures.

    Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa — or are just looking forward to New Years Eve and 2019 — WFPL has holiday programming for you. Here’s what’s on tap:

    Sunday, December 2

    8-9 p.m.: Hanukkah Lights 2018

    A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights features all new Hanukkah stories, written by R.L. Maizes, Lia Pripstein, Elisa Albert, and Ellen Orleans. Read by hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

    Tuesday, December 25

    10 a.m. and 10 p.m.: Jonathan Winters’ A Christmas Carol

    An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR’s Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens’ holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations. Also featuring Mimi Kennedy. From NPR and KCRW.

    11 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Tinsel Tales: NPR Christmas Favorites

    This program features stories from the NPR archives that touch on the meaning of Christmas. These four, one-hour collections of stories feature NPR voices past and present telling stories of the season, including David Sedaris, Bailey White, John Henry Faulk, Audie Cornish, Ken Harbaugh and Nina Totenberg. Some …