Chad Lawhorn (City and neighborhoods reporter)
I've been reporting news in Lawrence since 1992. Before joining the NewsCenter, I was editor, publisher and owner of the Lawrence Business Ledger and the Baldwin Ledger newspapers. I've been with The World Company since 2001, when I sold my weekly newspaper business to the company.
I mainly cover city government and neighborhoods, but I've also previously served as business editor for the Journal World, and have undertaken a variety of first-person journalism projects. In parts of 2007 and 2008, I received some national publicity for a series of articles detailing how I purchased a handgun, received a concealed carry license from the state, and carried the weapon around for a few days.
I also enjoy writing profiles on area people, ranging from a promient nightclub owner to the corner hot dog vendor to a 91-year old woman who still goes to work six days per week. If you know of someone interesting, send me an e-mail.
And from time to time, I like to take people to places that they don't often get to go. Sometimes I even take a video camera, like the night I hung out with a bunch of mixed martial artist competitors.
I have my degree in journalism from Kansas University, and also did some undergraduate work at Emporia State University. I'm a native of the small Kansas town of Melvern, which is about an hour away from Lawrence in Osage County.
My wife and I have two children. In my spare time, I work on writing what I hope will be my first novel, play pool, boat, umpire Little League baseball, and barbecue.
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The changing tune of a retailer
- March 8, 2014
- After more than 50 years in the Lawrence music business, John Kiefer’s memories are full of sweet sounds — and one ugly one that spurred a career. By Chad Lawhorn
- KU athletics pulls support for popular downtown shot put event
- March 7, 2014
- Kansas Athletics is pulling its financial support for a popular downtown shot put event that has attracted world-ranked professional athletes as part of the Kansas Relays. An athletics department spokesman said the decision not to spend the $50,000 to $60,000 was made for budgetary reasons. “It is a significant amount of money,” said Jim Marchiony, a spokesman for the athletics department. “It speaks to fiscal responsibility.” By Chad Lawhorn
- City hears plea to save downtown mural from planned apartment project
- March 4, 2014
- Pictured: Artist David Loewenstein stands in front of his mural when it debuted Sept. 2007. Commissioners directed a development group led by Lawrence businessmen Doug Compton and Mike Treanor to have discussions with interested members of the arts community about how a 2007 mural by noted Lawrence artist Dave Loewenstein can be saved near the northeast corner of Ninth and New Hampshire streets. By Chad Lawhorn
- Transit system reaches 1 million users
- March 4, 2014
- The city’s fixed route bus system — called the T — had annual ridership of more than one million passengers for the first time in its history.
- Seven-story apartment building in downtown Lawrence nears final vote
- March 3, 2014
- Work on a five-story Marriott hotel under construction on the southeast corner is expected to move into a higher gear in the next month. And leaders of the same development group are asking city commissioners to restart the approval process for a seven-story apartment building at the northeast corner of the same intersection. By Chad Lawhorn
- Compromise on Lawrence rental licensing, inspection program unveiled
- March 3, 2014
- A revised proposal to license apartments in Lawrence gives new concessions to landlords, but it may be the compromise needed to win the necessary city commission votes. Mayor Mike Dever, who voted against the previous rental licensing proposal, said he feels much better about a compromise version crafted by Commissioner Jeremy Farmer. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Still full-service
- March 2, 2014
- Ding, ding. In 1981, that sound still produced magic as often as abracadabra. A car would pull up to something called a “service station,” its tires would roll over a little rubber hose that would trigger a bell, and a man with a squeegee and a red shop rag would emerge like a rabbit out of a hat. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawrence Chamber of Commerce CEO to resign in March
- 05:49 p.m., February 26, 2014 Updated 07:20 p.m.
- Greg Williams, the CEO and president of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, will resign his position in mid-March.
- Homeless shelter pays off $225,000 loan to city early
- February 25, 2014
- Leaders of the Lawrence Community Shelter presented a $225,000 check to the Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday to pay off a short-term loan the city gave the homeless shelter last year. By Chad Lawhorn
- Planning Commission approves apartment project near Memorial Stadium, defers action on west Lawrence family fun center
- February 25, 2014
- A proposed five-story apartment and retail building across from Kansas University’s Memorial Stadium won a key vote from the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Commission on Monday. By Chad Lawhorn