Chad Lawhorn (Managing editor)
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: 35 years after the tornado that tore through Lawrence
- June 19, 2016
- The plan was to use the cardboard beer flats like a shield from the shards of glass, stone and other debris that would be hurtling through the air at more than 100 mph. Yes, it kind of sounds like a plan devised by folks who had spent several hours emptying those cardboard beer flats, if you know what I mean. But that wasn’t the case. When you and five other people are inside a convenience store walk-in cooler, hiding from an approaching tornado, you are forced to come up with some outside-the-box plans.
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: An empty veteran’s grave and the Memorial Day efforts to fill it
- May 30, 2016
- An empty grave doesn’t do much to provide closure. That’s a sentiment rural Lawrence resident Dennis Domer has come to understand well over the decades. It first came to him as a child growing up in Centralia. His father would take Dennis and his three brothers to the cemetery every Memorial Day. “And there would be Uncle Carol’s grave,” Domer recalls.
- State representative, former city manager receive lifetime achievement awards
- May 26, 2016
- A pair of longtime community leaders on Thursday received the Substantial Citizen award from the Lawrence Kiwanis club, and at least one is standing ready to do some substantial work yet in the Kansas Legislature.
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Wrapping up a career with Lawrence Memorial Hospital’s Gene Meyer
- May 22, 2016
- There’s always a Dr. Dreamy. You know, on those TV medical dramas there is always the one doctor who has the scrubs that fit a little tight around the biceps, and who at any moment may conduct a tracheotomy with his ballpoint pen. The character you don’t see much on those shows is Gene Meyer, the longtime and soon to retire president and CEO of Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Hospital administrators don’t get a star on their dressing room door, and if they are in the script at all, it is to loan a ballpoint pen to Dr. Dreamy.
- Menards project to build new distribution center, manufacturing plant in Lawrence is indefinitely delayed
- May 20, 2016
- Home improvement retailer Menards has indefinitely delayed a project to build a new manufacturing plant and distribution center that would employ up to 150 people in Lawrence, city officials said Friday.
- Leader of Lawrence economic development efforts resigns suddenly
- May 18, 2016
- The executive who oversees the day-to-day efforts to lure new businesses and jobs to Lawrence has suddenly resigned, leaving Lawrence chamber of commerce officials starting a search for a replacement.
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Lucy’s life and Lawrence’s Panda Garden
- May 1, 2016
- When you think of Lawrence’s longtime successful Chinese restaurant Panda Garden, you don’t often think of it being built upon potatoes and goulash. But as the restaurant at 1500 W. Sixth St. closed its doors for the final time on Saturday — the owners are retiring after 30 years in business — I heard a couple of stories that made me think that without potatoes and goulash, Lawrence never would have had Panda Garden.
- Longtime Lawrence journalist, Journal-World executive inducted into Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame
- April 23, 2016
- Former Journal-World journalist and executive Ralph Gage was inducted into the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame on Friday at the Kansas Press Association’s annual convention in Overland Park.
- Journal-World parent company considering demolition of large downtown Lawrence building
- April 19, 2016
- A large building at the entrance to downtown soon may be demolished, which at least temporarily would leave a significant vacant space along parts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets.
- Fans disappointed, but orderly, after KU’s Elite 8 loss
- 11:20 p.m., March 26, 2016 Updated 11:54 p.m.
- Alex Nguyen was like many Kansas University fans heading into Saturday night’s Elite Eight contest against Villanova. “The road was paved to the championship,” Nguyen said of the No. 1-ranked Jayhawks in the NCAA tourney. Then, the pothole came. The type that knocks the wheels all the way off.