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.
- Kansas Board of Regents gives key approval to Lawrence’s Peaslee Tech
- November 16, 2017
- They likely won’t play each other in basketball anytime soon, but Lawrence now has two schools of higher education sanctioned by the Kansas Board of Regents.
- Facebook CEO, founder Mark Zuckerberg addresses invitation-only crowd at KU
- 10:29 a.m., November 10, 2017 Updated 07:30 p.m.
- Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is visiting the University of Kansas Friday to take part in a “fireside chat,” KU announced.
- LMH reaches deal to build multimillion-dollar medical facility near Rock Chalk Park
- October 25, 2017
- Lawrence Memorial Hospital has chosen the commercial area next to Rock Chalk Park as the site for a new multimillion dollar medical facility.
- Seeing your doctor and lawyer at the same time; project at LMH serves about 200 in need
- October 25, 2017
- Sometimes a doctor just doesn’t have the power of persuasion that a lawyer does, and Juliann Morland DaVee now has 14 months of experience at Lawrence Memorial Hospital to prove it. DaVee is the managing attorney for a partnership between LMH and the KU Law School that provides free legal service to low income hospital patients who are having some type of issue with the law that is likely making it harder for them to be healthy.
- After 2 arrests, Lawrence police still searching for killer or killers in downtown shooting
- Investigators encourage witnesses to come forward
- 12:10 a.m., October 17, 2017 Updated 06:18 p.m.
- Two Topeka men — both fresh out of jail — have been charged in connection with the Oct. 1 shootings on Massachusetts Street, but neither is currently thought to be a gunman who left three dead in downtown Lawrence. Instead, local law enforcement officials are still searching for the killer — or killers — in Lawrence’s first triple homicide in at least 15 years.
- Analysis: Understanding the legal case building against the college basketball world
- October 17, 2017
- Monday was a day of confusion around the University of Kansas basketball program. An Associated Press article reported that KU was one of 28 universities that acknowledged it had launched an “internal review” of its recruiting practices following the bombshell announcement last month that federal prosecutors had found evidence of bribery and other illegal schemes related to college basketball recruiting.
- Four local leaders inducted into Lawrence Business Hall of Fame
- October 4, 2017
- Jean Milstead worked at Douglas County Bank for 34 years, but that’s not how she thought it was going to work out.
- Lawrence has had 5 homicides since Sept. 1 and city leaders are searching for answers
- 11:42 a.m., October 1, 2017 Updated 08:04 p.m.
- As Sunday morning came down, Lawrence leaders were grappling with why violent crime seemingly is on the rise in the city. The three shooting deaths that occurred early Sunday morning in downtown Lawrence marked the third, fourth and fifth homicides in Lawrence since Sept. 1. Several city leaders said they don’t have answers right now.
- 5 people shot in downtown Lawrence; 3 dead
- Police rule out drive-by, believe shots followed ‘physical altercation’
- 01:56 a.m., October 1, 2017 Updated 08:08 p.m.
- Lawrence Police are investigating after at least five people were shot — three fatally — in downtown Lawrence just before 1:40 Sunday morning, according to a news release from Officer Derrick Smith.
- Kobach criticizes New Hampshire election law, but Kansas officials say our law is much the same
- September 24, 2017
- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has used national media to allege New Hampshire voting law left that state susceptible to voter fraud. Now, Kansas election officials are quietly acknowledging the same issue that riled Kobach in New Hampshire also exists in Kansas.