Alex Garrison (Reporter)

Before starting here, I worked just about every job possible at the University Daily Kansan. I also worked for KJHK, where I helped develop the web site, had a weekly music show and managed underwriting. I've also interned at Al Jazeera English in Washington, D.C., and the Leavenworth Times.

I graduated from Piper High School in Kansas City, Kan., but also spent a lot of time (years — if all the trips were added up) in a small town on the North Sea in England. I graduated from Kansas University in December 2011; I majored in journalism with concentrations in Islamic studies, poetry writing and political science.

I cover K-12 education and county government as well as events on Saturdays. If you have a story idea, question or comment, please email me at or call me at 832-6314. You can (and please do!) follow me at

Recent stories

Lindsey Stirling strings together success
March 24, 2013
It’s amazing, the power of social media. So says Lindsey Stirling, the dubstep violinist, the dancing, emotive pop-inspired classical music YouTube sensation. By Alex Garrison
Longtime dentist shows appreciation for inner beauty through hobby
November 19, 2012
They begin as square blocks, these things of beauty. They’re formed in pressing exotic hardwoods, ordered in from around the world — zebra wood, ebony, anything pretty and pretty rare. Then they get taken down to a well-equipped little workshop tucked away from the world on Kasold Drive.
Opening of Born Learning Trail set for Saturday
October 15, 2012
The United Way of Douglas County invites community members to the opening of the Born Learning Trail from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at Deerfield Park, which is just west of the intersection of Princeton Boulevard and Lawrence Avenue.
It’s the time of year to watch out for deer
October 14, 2012
Love is in the autumnal air for Kansas deer. It’s mating season: perhaps a good time for our woodland friends, but a serious danger for drivers who may come across them on the road.
Tuesday is deadline to register to vote
October 14, 2012
Voter registration in Douglas County closes at the end of the day Tuesday.
Submissions sought for County Courthouse art exhibit
October 14, 2012
Douglas County Treasurer’s Office is organizing its annual juried art show and looking for submissions.
Dog handlers hope for the best in show
October 13, 2012
Sometimes life is just ruff. Take Erin Roberts’ client, who owns Malachy, the oddly lovable Pekingese who won this year’s prestigious Westminster Kennel Club show in New York. She got into showing her dogs, Roberts said, after a lot of family trouble and a dark period in her life. She found it to be a welcome distraction. Dogs, after all, don’t do that kind of drama.
County road closed near Baldwin City
11:53 p.m., October 12, 2012 Updated 10:44 a.m.
County Road 1055, which is Sixth Street in Baldwin City, is currently closed at the bottom of Baldwin Hill, a mile north of the Baldwin City limits. Keith Browning, director of Douglas County Public Works, suggests anyone traveling from Lawrence to Baldwin City should take U.S. Highway 59 to Highway 56.
Douglas County Commission candidates to chat on
October 12, 2012
Two candidates for the Douglas County Commission’s second district seat will participate in a live chat on next week.
Severe weather could be coming this weekend
11:53 a.m., October 12, 2012 Updated 10:39 a.m.
The area could see severe storms this weekend, including a slight risk of tornadoes.

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Recent photos

The Lawrence Public Schools' Board of Education sits in its meeting space in the district office at 110 McDonald Drive on Aug. 13. The board members, from left, are: Vanessa Sanburn (president), Rick Ingram (vice president), Keith Diaz Moore, Shannon Kimball, Mark Bradford, Randy Masten and Bob Byers.

Sue Hack speaks at a Leadership Lawrence event Friday, April 27, 2012, after receiving the 30th annual Don Volker leadership award.

An accident occurred at Ninth and Tennessee streets at about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Mike Katzenmeier talks about Supporting the Arts, a new campaign and website, at the Lawrence Art Center on April 12, 2012.

Chris English, with the Trust Company of Kansas, introduces representatives of the eight Lawrence arts non-profits involved with the Supporting the Arts, a new campaign and website, at the Lawrence Art Center on April 12, 2012.

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