Archive for Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Hello from your new reporter

September 19, 2012


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Yes, Heard on the Hill makes its return today after a few weeks off. The byline may be different, but your daily spoonful of Kansas University-related newsy goodness will still be finding its way into your browser window or email inbox.

I'm taking over the KU beat here at the Journal-World, and thus I'll be your new Heard on the Hill blogger.

I'm coming here from the World Company's community newspaper in Basehor, the Sentinel.

During my first few weeks here, I'll be making the rounds, shaking hands and matching faces to names as I meet some of the many, many people involved in the many, many things going on at KU.

I do know at least a thing or two about the university, though — I graduated from KU in 2009 after four years as a student. (That followed my 2005 graduation from Olathe South High School, which — fun fact — is also the alma mater of my Heard on the Hill predecessor.)

Much of my time at KU was spent writing, editing and eating takeout food in the newsroom of The University Daily Kansan, which then was located in Stauffer-Flint Hall on Jayhawk Boulevard. But I also took political science classes (one of my two majors, along with journalism) in Blake Hall, camped out on the floors of Allen Fieldhouse for seats at basketball games and worked at the front desk of Templin Residence Hall, often at hours of the night at which I've not been awake in years now.

I've also recruited my first tipster — my wife, a doctoral student in KU's Clinical Child Psychology Program. I have a brother and a brother-in-law on campus, too, taking undergraduate classes.

But I'm on the lookout for other people in the know — people to whom I am not related, even by marriage. So if you have any news tips, feedback, doubts about my ability to uphold the Heard on the Hill standard or anything else, please get in touch with me.

Email me at Call me at 785-832-6388. Tweet me: @MattEricksonKS. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, or anyone else who has an interest in KU, I'd love to hear from you.

Expect your usual nuggets o' KU news in this space starting tomorrow. And thanks for reading.


Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 7 months ago

Thank you for including this so that we can get a little idea of who you are. I wish you lots of luck with the Journal-World - it's a very creative paper and I'm sure you'll make it better- and all best wishes also for your wife, brother, and brother in law.

Lawrence Morgan

Brent Cagle 5 years, 7 months ago

From a fellow KU AND Olathe South alumnus, I wish you luck!

Eddie Muñoz 5 years, 7 months ago

Yay! Welcome! I'm glad to have HOTH back!

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