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.
- KDOT says additional improvements to Kasold and SLT intersection unlikely following crash
- November 27, 2016
- The Kansas Department of Transportation likely won’t be able to make any short-term fixes to improve the safety of a much-debated South Lawrence Trafficway intersection that was the site of a three-car crash on Tuesday.
- Several hundred protest President-elect Trump in downtown Lawrence
- November 12, 2016
- It was a night of slogans — and some back and forth — as several hundred people marched along Massachusetts Street Saturday night in protest of President-elect Donald Trump.
- Chamber hires longtime state leader as new vice president of economic development
- November 11, 2016
- A longtime leader of the state’s economic development efforts will now take over the role in Lawrence, officials from the Lawrence chamber of commerce announced Friday.
- A Trump presidency: Local Democrats struggle to comprehend; Republicans see hope
- 11:40 p.m., November 8, 2016 Updated 01:53 a.m.
- As Donald Trump marched state by state to win the presidency, Douglas County Democrats on Tuesday evening struggled to comprehend the message of voters, while local Republicans said the message couldn’t be clearer.
- Leaders laud completion of SLT at ribbon-cutting; road to open to traffic on Wednesday
- November 4, 2016
- It is time to drop the South Lawrence Trafficway’s moniker as a “road to nowhere,” a crowd of about 150 people were told at a ribbon-cutting for the long-debated and long-delayed bypass project.
- After more than two decades of argument, SLT to open; reflections on the fight that enveloped the community
- 12:37 p.m., November 3, 2016 Updated 12:00 a.m.
- The South Lawrence Trafficway surely must be the most debated stretch of concrete in Douglas County’s history. Yes, there are some projects that perhaps could match it in ferocity: construction of the Clinton Lake Dam in the 1970s and plans to build a downtown mall in the 1980s come to mind. But on the menu of Douglas County donnybrooks, those were just appetizers. The South Lawrence Trafficway ended up being the all-you-can-eat buffet.
- KCP&L reaches key settlement in proposed purchase of Westar; future of Lawrence power plant unclear
- October 13, 2016
- Kansas City Power & Light has reached an agreement with the staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission that should eliminate one key question in the utility’s proposed $12 billion merger with Topeka-based Westar Energy.
- Former CEO of Ford Motor Co. tells KU crowd to work together
- October 6, 2016
- Alan Mulally — one of the most successful businessmen to come from the University of Kansas and Lawrence High School — wasn’t feeling much success soon after he became president and CEO of Ford Motor Co. in 2006.
- National broadcast leader tells Lawrence crowd to change the channel
- September 29, 2016
- The leader of the National Association of Broadcasters urged a Lawrence crowd Thursday evening to make good use of their remote controls during this election season.