Brenna Hawley (Reporter)
I began working at the Lawrence Journal-World in May 2009 as an intern on the features desk while still in school at Kansas University, where I worked on my college paper all four years. After a semester off, I came back as a news intern and eventually became overnight reporter, where I covered breaking news and maintained LJWorld.com. It was then I learned the beauty of understanding a 10-code from the police scanner, and how beneficial blackout curtains are for sleeping during the day.
I have since started working as a general assignment reporter, and have learned to appreciate the value of daytime schedule. I get to sleep during the nighttime hours!
I have two types of stories I love. First, the quirky kind, like the one about the guy who goes to micro-mini tractor pulls or the baby who was born in the hospital’s elevator and has since been nicknamed Ellee.
My other favorite is people who do really cool things, such as the man who renovates pinball machines or the 93-year-old man who still flies airplanes. I’m fascinated by people who do these sorts of things, so if you ever know of anyone who does something really unique, let me know!
In my spare time, I bake. A lot. I write a personal baking blog called Ingredients of a 20something, and often bring treats into the newsroom (I’m pretty sure I’ve made some lifelong friends this way). Cupcakes tend to be my go-to treat, but I bake everything from cookies to cannolis to ice cream cakes.
I'm definitely an animal person, and right now I have one cat, named Melvin. I also have a vast (and fairly useless) array of Disney knowledge. If I were any Disney character, I'd probably be Belle. Who would you be?
- Jim Brothers sculpture pays homage to soldiers; will be on display Saturday at Lawrence Visitors Center
- May 19, 2011
- It’s the face that’s really important to Jim Brothers. He wants to capture emotion.
- Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical planning to restore American LaFrance fire truck
- May 16, 2011
- Shiny and bright red, the state-of-the-art truck rolled out of a rail car into Lawrence. The $27,500 pumper truck came equipped with a 10-cylinder engine, two batteries and a 500-gallon water tank, and would serve Lawrence through some of its most tumultuous times until it was taken out of service years later. But that year — 1955— it was brand new.
- Lawrence leather shop owner shapes work to fit family
- May 16, 2011
- Isadora lies on a quilt-covered chair, watching her owner, Bruce Barlow. In the other room, Barlow’s son-in-law cuts pieces of leather to shape, gluing them into place. Saddles, jackets, shoes, pianos, paint and stringed instruments line the rooms. Later, Barlow’s brother will come to work.
- KU students raising money to go help tornado-ravaged Alabama
- May 15, 2011
- Rick Farrier sat at home and watched news reports of the destruction that Hurricane Katrina caused in 2005. He knew he couldn’t stay at home. He had to go help.
- Lawrence Humane Society waiving adoption fees on cats to make room at shelter
- May 13, 2011
- Some kitties are looking for a new permanent home in Lawrence.
- Douglas County commissioners defer decision on adding Northeast Sector Plan to Horizon 2020
- May 12, 2011
- Douglas County commissioners deferred a decision on adding the Northeast Sector Plan to Horizon 2020 until the June 1 meeting.
- Portion of Douglas County Road 458 to close
- May 10, 2011
- Douglas County and the Kansas Department of Transportation will close County Road 458 from U.S. Highway 59 east to East 1338 starting May 16 for bridge and road repair.
- Douglas County Commission to consider development plan for floodplain area
- May 10, 2011
- A plan that outlines future development in an area of Douglas County that has high-quality soil and is in a floodplain will come before the Douglas County Commission on Wednesday evening.
- Expect delays at intersection of Kasold, Clinton Parkway on Tuesday morning
- May 9, 2011
- Traffic lights at Clinton Parkway and Kasold Drive will be shut down for three hours Tuesday morning.