Alex Parker

Alex Parker is digital editor for and the Journal-World.

A native of Kansas City, Mo., he began his career in journalism at the Journal-World, as a general assignment reporter, and then covering education.

He then covered public health for the Chi-Town Daily News, an online nonprofit news organization in Chicago; later, he reported on Chicago politics and government for the Chicago Current, a political journal. Most recently, he was the online content producer for the Chicago Reader, an alt-weekly newspaper.

Alex covered the 2008 presidential election in Kansas for MTV News, and has written for the Chicago Tribune, RedEye, the University Daily Kansan and other publications. He began his career as a public relations professional.

He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Miami University in 2003. He attended Kansas University in pursuit of a master’s degree in journalism.

Alex enjoys baseball and hockey, attending live concerts, and learning about history.

Recent stories

ATF offers reward for information about suspected arsons in south Lawrence
04:02 p.m., November 28, 2012 Updated 05:38 p.m.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is offering a $2,500 reward to anyone who has information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for a rash of suspected arsons in central Lawrence. More than a dozen small fires have been set inside or near apartment complexes. By Shaun Hittle and Alex Parker
Pedestrian injured in collision with car
02:13 a.m., November 17, 2012 Updated 02:13 a.m.
A pedestrian was treated and released from Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a collision with a car in southwest Lawrence.
Cyclist suffers critical injuries after being struck by SUV
03:24 p.m., November 13, 2012 Updated 04:01 p.m.
A cyclist has suffered critical injuries in a car versus bicycle accident near 11th and Kentucky streets. The vehicle and bicycle collided at about 3:15.
Vulgar license plates are OUTALUK in Kansas
12:08 a.m., November 11, 2012 Updated 09:49 a.m.
In all, nearly 1,800 combinations of words, numbers and phrases are banned from Kansas license plates, according to a list maintained by the State Department of Revenue and obtained by the Journal-World. Not surprisingly, the list is full of variations on sexual references, drug slang and ethnic or racial epithets — even if they’re cleverly misspelled. By Alex Parker
Lawrence runners surprised, disappointed by New York City Marathon cancellation
06:18 p.m., November 2, 2012 Updated 03:12 p.m.
Lawrence residents Jay Jenkins and Grant Catloth were confident they’d be able to lace up their sneakers and run the New York City Marathon when they left Kansas City Thursday. But Friday’s announcement that the marathon was canceled, less than two days before more than 40,000 people would participate in the 26.2-mile run, left the pair without a plan. By Alex Parker
Journal-World honored for digital journalism, photography in national competition
10:14 a.m., October 30, 2012 Updated 10:32 a.m.
The Journal-World won three first-place awards in the Inland Press Association’s 2012 journalism contest. The awards were presented this morning in Chicago. By Alex Parker
Traffic at 23rd and Lousiana streets redirected after truck crashes into utility pole
05:40 p.m., October 26, 2012 Updated 08:00 p.m.
A utility pole has fallen on 23rd St. near Louisiana after a truck hit it. Avoid the area if you can. Traffic is blocked.
Schlingensiepen, Francisco to participate in chats
October 23, 2012
Two candidates in local races will participate in upcoming online chats at
Lawrence ArtWalk to feature works from over 20 artists
October 21, 2012
From photography to ceramics and everything in between, the 18th annual Lawrence ArtWalk will feature more than 20 area artists displaying their work during next weekend’s two-day affair.
Lawrence police searching for man with shotgun
12:57 p.m., October 18, 2012 Updated 05:26 p.m.
Lawrence police are looking for a male suspect spotted brandishing a shotgun near the HyVee at 3504 Clinton Parkway.

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Recent photos

Lawrence police investigate a vehicle-versus-bicycle accident at 11th and Kentucky streets. The cyclist suffered critical injuries and was flown by air ambulance to a Kansas City-area hospital.

Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute of Politics, chats on

Carolyn Campbell, a member of the state board of education, chats on prior to the 2012 election.

John Wilson, who is running as a Democrat to represent the 10th District in the Kansas House, chats on on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Tobias Schlingensiepen is running to represent Kansas' 2nd Congressional District. He chatted with readers on on Oct. 26, 2012.

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