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.

Recent stories

Chamber proposes boosting spending to foster startup companies
02:56 p.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:10 p.m.
Spending more money to help small businesses grow will be a priority for the Lawrence chamber of commerce in 2016, but it also will mean the organization will spend less on trying to attract big companies to town.By Chad Lawhorn
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Buying big at the Midland Farm Store
April 18, 2015
It is another day in the life of a big retail executive. Jill Tregemba is co-owner of the Midland Farm Store, which of course is big retail. It is the largest farm store at Midland Junction, although to be clear, we’re not talking about height here. The grain elevator next door is clearly taller.By Chad Lawhorn
New Lawrence mayor confident commission ready to tackle issues, rebuild trust
04:37 p.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
New Lawrence mayor Jeremy Farmer doesn’t spend any time trying to convince people that his first two years in office have been as much fun as he thought they were going to be as a young, energetic candidate in 2013. “It has been a very up and down ride,” Farmer said Friday, as he settled into his one-year term as mayor. At various times, Farmer shared with about anybody who asked that he was sure that his first term on the Lawrence City Commission would be his last. But now, he’s not sure. The ride has been more up than down lately. By Chad Lawhorn
Nonprofit group begins fundraising for event center on Clinton Lake
03:16 p.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:41 p.m.
A fundraising campaign has begun to build an events center on the western shore of Clinton Lake. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence hires KCMO arts leader to serve as director of arts and culture
02:48 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
The leader of the public art program in Kansas City, Mo., is set to become Lawrence’s next director of arts and culture. Lawrence City Hall officials announced Wednesday that Porter Arneill will begin serving as Lawrence’s new director of arts and culture in early May. By Chad Lawhorn
Farmer elected to serve as mayor; Boley, Herbert, Soden take seats on City Commission
08:38 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer was unanimously elected by fellow commissioners on Tuesday to serve a one-year term as mayor, and he immediately sent a message that citizen input is going to be a priority during his term. By Chad Lawhorn
Australian animal health firm’s decision to relocate headquarters here ‘a great win for Lawrence’
02:58 p.m., April 13, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
Healthier dairy cows soon may mean big business for Lawrence. An Australian-based animal health company is moving its global headquarters to Lawrence as it works to break into the U.S. market with a product that reduces antibiotic use in dairy herds. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Walking and waking at Rock Chalk Park
April 11, 2015
I arrived at 6:15 a.m., and 29 vehicles were in the parking lot at the Rock Chalk Park recreation center. Inside, there are some people on the weight machines, some on the stationary bikes, and one man working a jump rope like a lion tamer works a whip. But lots of people here seem to have embraced the simple beauty of a morning walk. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence, other cities, deal with many issues related to low voter turnout for local races
04:06 p.m., April 10, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
If you wonder why voter turnout is so low in many local elections, Michael A. Smith, an associate professor of political science at Emporia State University, suggests you talk to some local politicians.By Chad Lawhorn
Douglas County clerk thinks spring elections for local government may soon move to fall
05:15 p.m., April 8, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
Spring elections of city commissioners and school board members — like the one held Tuesday — soon may fall out of fashion as state legislators prepare to vote on a bill that would move the races to November. “I would be really surprised if we had another spring election,” Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said. By Chad Lawhorn

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Recent photos

The Black Hills Energy Quonset hut near Eighth and Penn. streets.

Lawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib presents information about existing police facilities during a town hall meeting about an upcoming vote to fund a new police headquarters, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School.

Ten-year old snow shovelers Sean Ayers and Kyle Miller with Journal-World reporter Chad Lawhorn while he was out recently helping Lawrence residents dig out from the massive winter storms.

Mayor Bob Schumm fills up a city pick-up truck that was recently converted to run on compressed natural gas. Schumm said the city hopes to use the truck to gather data about whether the city should convert other parts of its vehicle fleet to compressed natural gas.

About 70 people attended a city forum at Free State High School on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, to discuss the proposed recreation complex in the northwest Lawrence. Scott Henderson addresses city officials with concerns about possible tax increases that the new center could cause.

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