Chad Lawhorn (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 Journal-World since 2001, when I sold my weekly newspaper business to the company.
As editor of the Journal-World, I oversee our team of reporters, copy editors, photographers and other journalists who produce the print edition, LJWorld.com, KUsports.com and other publications. I write a daily column called Town Talk that covers the area business community, keeps an eye on the local political scene, and relays other information I've heard around town. As a writer I 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.
I have my degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, 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 focus a lot on the three 'b's' of life — barbecue, billiards and boating.
- Big industrial building at VenturePark starting to take shape; search for tenant continues
- June 11, 2018
- One of the largest buildings under construction in Lawrence is about to get a lot more visible to motorists along 23rd Street.
- City Commissioner Leslie Soden files to run for Douglas County Commission
- 02:46 p.m., May 24, 2018 Updated 06:02 p.m.
- Lawrence City Commissioner Leslie Soden has filed to run for the Douglas County Commission, according to information from the County Clerk’s office.
- Leader of Lawrence chamber of commerce announces plans to retire
- 04:00 p.m., May 23, 2018 Updated 06:20 p.m.
- Larry McElwain, president and CEO of the Lawrence chamber of commerce, is retiring at the end of January, the organization announced Wednesday afternoon.
- Rock Chalk Park started as $39 million deal for KU; now it may top $100 million after KU allowed lease to be changed
- 04:51 p.m., May 22, 2018 Updated 06:18 a.m.
- Former Kansas Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger agreed to a contract change that could cost KU tens of millions of dollars in additional lease payments at Rock Chalk Park, a review by the Journal-World has found.
- Girod: Athletics important to KU, but there is a “disconnect” too
- May 20, 2018
- When University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod thinks about his university’s athletic department, a number sometimes comes to mind. It is not one you’ll find on the scoreboard or in the record books, though. Rather, look through enrollment records.
- Should KU be worried about getting dumped from a Power 5 Conference? The financial stakes are huge
- May 20, 2018
- “Power” may not be a strong enough word to describe the financial benefits of being a member of a Power 5 Conference.
- Administrative salaries jumped by 42 percent in a single year at Kansas Athletics; KU salaries top K-State’s
- May 13, 2018
- The year of the big deal for the Big 12 conference was 2012. The year for big paychecks at Kansas Athletics Inc. came right after it with administration salaries increasing by $6 million — or 42 percent — in a single year, a review by the Journal-World has found.
- How much does KU spend on athletics? More than the city spends on police, fire and roads, but returns are big too
- May 13, 2018
- In Lawrence, college athletics is a basic necessity. Don’t believe it? Look at the numbers. In 2017, according to budget documents, the city of Lawrence spent $81.9 million on police, fire and roads — often ranked among the most important of government services. Kansas Athletics during its fiscal year 2017 spent $94.7 million hosting athletic events and serving the university’s approximately 500 student athletes.
- KU Cheer Team placed on probation for hazing, other offenses; report alleges initiation involved nudity of cheerleaders
- May 12, 2018
- The University of Kansas’ Cheer Team has been placed on probation for a year because of at least one incident of hazing and action that harmed people, the university has confirmed.
- Latest debate in sales tax election: How far can the county go in pushing for a ‘yes’ vote?
- May 9, 2018
- As the countywide sales tax election nears its end, the debate has grown to include whether Douglas County officials are improperly campaigning for the tax increase, which would fund a controversial jail expansion and mental health programs.