Aaron Couch (Reporter)

I am a general assignment reporter, and first came to the Journal-World in July 2011. I'm currently working on my master's in journalism at Kansas University, where I earned a bachelor's in English and history in 2008.

I got my start in journalism as the social media intern at NPR in Washington, D.C., where I wrote for All Tech Considered and confirmed that public radio superstars Robert Siegel and Neal Conan do indeed exist as more than voices in your car radio. I saw them regularly in the cafeteria.

Next, I spent a few months at the Kansas City Star, doing a political reporting fellowship during the 2010 midterm elections. I also interned with KCUR's Up to Date with Steve Kraske during those months.

My final stop before the Journal-World was Boston, where I spent six months as the national news intern for The Christian Science Monitor. More than one editor there knew about the Journal-World and its reputation for online journalism. They referred to it as "that great little paper near KU."

I am excited to be reporting in Lawrence, and want to hear from you. Give me a call at 832-7217 or drop me an email.

Recent stories

Pharmacists could refuse to dispense contraception based on moral grounds under bill
May 7, 2012
A bill under consideration in the Kansas House could allow pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for contraception on moral grounds and would make Kansas one of nine states to legally protect a pharmacist’s right to refuse.
KU students designate SafeBus as preferred ride
February 5, 2012
SafeBus is not a normal bus: It’s a party where the guests change every 10 minutes.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
January 28, 2012
Road work planned for the week of January 30, 2011.
Yoder reflects on lessons of first year in Congress
January 23, 2012
Political observers say Rep. Kevin Yoder is poised for a long political career, one that could include a House leadership role or Senate seat. Yoder says the biggest surprise from his first year in Congress was “the lack of civility” he saw.
Library closes the book on successful fundraising campaign
January 22, 2012
The towering stack of books that has been growing in the lobby of the Lawrence Public Library has grown even taller than library officials had hoped.
At competition, students model future cities around clean energy
09:25 p.m., January 21, 2012 Updated 11:40 a.m.
The cities of the future will be models of efficiency and good living. They will run on clean energy and have staggeringly beautiful gardens. They will also have names like Snoopy City and Pinkville.
LifeStar air ambulance called to one-vehicle injury accident north of Vinland
03:19 a.m., January 21, 2012 Updated 10:52 a.m.
Emergency personnel have responded to a one-vehicle rollover accident between Lawrence and Baldwin City.
Dog instructor lauds electric collars in teaching obedience
January 16, 2012
Who knew the right collar could make a dog more polite?
Inmate program nurtures freedom on many levels
January 15, 2012
Kansas was recently a model for helping people like Diane Jurik, who says a mentoring program has got her life back on track. But Kansas’ fiscal woes have taken a toll on convict rehabilitation programs, and the Kansas prison population has been back on the rise.
Wheel Genius: Road work planned this week
January 14, 2012
Road work planned for the week of January 15, 2012.

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Recent photos

Michael Hardy and his cousin Kayla take a ride on SafeBus in December. They say the transportation service, provided by Kansas University, is something they use often.

A police officer stands near the wreckage of a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Clinton Parkway and Lawrence Avenue Friday night. One person was injured seriously and another received non-life-threatening injuries.

Amy Wieliczka, left, and Clare Echterling enjoy a night out at Harbor Lights, 1031 Mass., before Thanksgiving. The two became friends during high school but now live far apart. They meet up a few times a year during the holidays.

A car involved in a fatal accident on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 is hoisted onto a tow truck. The accident occurred on the South Lawrence Trafficway and its interchange with the Kansas Turnpike.

Onlookers speak with firefighters on Oct. 14, 2011 at Malls Olde English Village, 2411 La. Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical were called to the scene after someone reported seeing smoke coming from one of the apartments. Firefighters determined the smoke had come from a smoke machine and there had been no fire.

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