Bailey’s Move: LEO’s loss, WFPL’s gain

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Philip Bailey moves to radio

You can take this news as meaning that WFPL-FM is serious about local news and political coverage. Fresh from filing a major investigative piece on Metro Councilwoman Judy Green, LEO reporter Phillip Bailey is moving back to 4th Street to work at Louisville Public Media.

No one can dispute that Bailey, who has authored much of  LEO’s political coverage for the last several years, including the Jerry’s Kids/Sixth and Jefferson columns, is one of the most skilled investigative reporters in town.

He will start his own political blog in the near future, and will have the freedom to uncover slow-developing stories, and let’s hope he got a raise.

Here’s the official release:

(March 3, 2011—Louisville, KY)  Reporter Phillip M. Bailey has joined WFPL News as Political Editor. 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 (LPM).

Bailey is most recently a reporter for LEO Weekly, where he has established a reputation as an exceptional government, political and investigative journalist.

“We wanted someone with the tenacity to cover stories that often develop slowly, and the ability to interpret complicated and arcane issues in a way our audience can understand,” said Todd Mundt, Vice President and Chief Content Officer. “We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Phillip to the team.”

Bailey joins WFPL News with editorial responsibility for the station’s political reporting, including local government as well as state and regional politics. He’ll soon launch a new politics blog at WFPL.org. Says Bailey, “I’m very excited about joining WFPL News and am thrilled at the opportunity to head up its political coverage. I want WFPL to be an indispensable news service.”

His hiring is part of LPM’s second phase of building its newsroom. “Our community needs more and better quality local news, and Louisville Public Media has made local news coverage the centerpiece of its strategic plan,” explains Donovan Reynolds, President of Louisville Public Media. “Bailey’s decision to join WFPL News represents the latest of several steps to deepen and strengthen local news coverage in Metro Louisville.”

For more information contact WFPL News Director Gabe Bullard at gbullard@wfpl.org, or (502) 814-6500 or visit wfpl.org. Read more about the Digital Newsroom Initiative at louisvillepublicmedia.org.