Brooke Wehner (Higher Education Reporter)

At what moment did you realize you wanted to become a journalist (videographer, meteorologist, sports reporter, etc.)? And if there wasn't a specific point in time, what was the motivating factor?
When I was in eighth grade, I won a contest to anchor/report for Channel One News for a week. I met a lot of interesting, hard-working people and decided that it was the job for me. I love it because every day is different.

When you really want to relax and let your hair down in Lawrence, where do you go and what do you do?
I love to go to Teller's to drink wine and talk with friends.

What comes to your mind as the most memorable local story you've covered?
Bill Clinton's trip to Lawrence in 2004 was one of my first big stories. There was a lot of excitment surrounding that lecture which included an introduction by Senator Dole. I also had a great time covering the 2004 elections. My most memorable election moment was definately when the Kerry/Edwards campaign rolled through Lawrence.

If you couldn't be a reporter, what occupation would you want to try?
A teacher.

Which two people do you admire most? One should be someone you know. The other, someone you've never met.
My mom ... and Ed Murrow.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one song to listen to and one book to read for the duration, what would they be?
Song -- something I can sing ... Well, like "Happy Birthday." Book -- "War and Peace," because it is long and I haven't read it yet.

If they were going to execute you tomorrow, rightly or wrongly, what would your last meal consist of?
Beef medallions from Pachamama's.

Recent stories

KU introduces new provost
February 15, 2006
KU officials have hired Richard Lariviere as the new provost and vice chancellor. He will earn $278,000 a year at the top administrative position.
Sen. Bob Dole’s Christmas cards on display
Holiday greetings from Dalai Lama and Billy Graham among lawmaker’s archives
December 17, 2005
Here’s a riddle for you: Who gets holiday cards from the Dalai Lama and Billy Graham? Need a clue? He’s a native Kansan and two-time presidential candidate. As you may have guessed, former Sen. Bob Dole’s mailbox is full of interesting holiday cards each December.
Private security works to shed antisocial image
November 12, 2005
Some private security guards can bench press more than 400 pounds. They work out regularly, then stand guard at Lawrence hot spots, instilling fear in some patrons.
Former Dole director to discuss new book
September 8, 2005
Richard Norton Smith, the first permanent director of the Dole Institute of Politics, will return to Lawrence this month to speak about his forthcoming book.
Police investigating possible shooting
September 8, 2005
Lawrence Police are investigating a possible shooting in West Lawrence late Thursday after one woman was injured.
Rush gets KU student ID
August 25, 2005
No, there’s been no announcement yet about whether basketball standout Brandon Rush has decided to play for Kansas University. Rush hasn’t decided whether or not to put on a Jayhawk uniform — but he does have a KU student ID number, KU officials confirmed today.
Building mural keeps Century students busy
August 15, 2005
Like many a budding artist, Sadie McEniry is a hands-on worker - not content to leave the creative process to others.
University hopes to go full steam ahead on tunnel improvements
August 12, 2005
Kansas University’s steam tunnels have been around almost as long as KU itself. Below the streets and sidewalks of Mount Oread are about 5 miles of tunnels built for access to the pipes that carry steam to heat the buildings. The steam tunnels also are used to route electrical, gas and other utility pipes and cables around campus.
Man injured in off-road accident
02:54 p.m., July 13, 2005 Updated 05:42 p.m.
A Lawrence man well-known for his family’s pumpkin patch east of Lawrence was injured late this morning in an off-road accident about two miles east of Lawrence near the Kansas River.
KU hopes state funding goes full steam ahead
$8.8 million sought to improve, maintain utility tunnel system
June 29, 2005
Kansas University Architect Warren Corman, 77, jokes that the university’s steam tunnels have been around even longer than he has.

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