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.
- Lawsuit filed against city over denial of south Iowa Street shopping center
- 04:52 p.m., February 5, 2016 Updated 05:59 p.m.
- The city of Lawrence is getting sued over its denial of a proposed shopping center at the South Lawrence Trafficway and Iowa Street interchange.
- Treanor Architects merges with Denver firm; headquarters to remain in Lawrence
- January 12, 2016
- Lawrence-based Treanor Architects has completed a deal that will add about 50 employees to the firm and will position the company to become more of a player in health care design projects across the country.
- Firm that includes Lawrence executive strikes deal to buy Country Club Plaza for $660 million
- 06:42 p.m., January 4, 2016 Updated 08:01 p.m.
- Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza shopping and entertainment district has been sold for only the second time since it opened in 1923.
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A family that always has room
- December 27, 2015
- The 4-year old boy, full of chatter and energy, has a bed here. He just doesn’t particularly want to use it right now.
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Building more than gingerbread houses
- December 6, 2015
- For reasons not entirely clear to me — especially as I now try to sandblast the royal icing off my glasses — I’ve long wanted to build a gingerbread house for the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Gingerbread House Auction.
- Audit finds lack of controls by Just Food board played role in alleged fraud by Jeremy Farmer
- December 4, 2015
- An audit of the food bank Just Food has determined the nonprofit’s board of directors lacked several key financial controls that likely made it easier for former executive director — and former Lawrence mayor — Jeremy Farmer to allegedly bilk the organization for about $55,000 over a three-year period. By Chad Lawhorn
- Local officials expressing early support for proposed Menards manufacturing plant in Lawrence
- November 23, 2015
- Lawrence may be set to become a Menards town. Just weeks after the home improvement retailer built a large store near 31st and Iowa streets, a division of Menard Inc. wants to build a $25 million production plant and warehouse that would add 100 jobs to Lawrence.
- Former state legislator, longtime KU advocate dies at 94
- November 17, 2015
- A Lawrence resident who had a resume that included serving as president of the Kansas Senate, a member of the Kansas Board of Regents and a host of leadership roles with Kansas University has died.
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Spaceship stories and Lawrence’s future
- October 18, 2015
- James Gunn — an author of more than 40 books and a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame — has made a career out of thinking about the future. He has made most of it in Lawrence, having been a fixture at the university since 1955. The combination got us thinking: What does a man who ponders the future for a living think about the future of Lawrence and Kansas University? By Chad Lawhorn
- Just Food board alleges Farmer overpaid himself by more than $52,000; criminal charges being pursued
- $60,000 needed by early October for nonprofit to avoid bankruptcy
- 04:43 p.m., September 16, 2015 Updated 07:18 p.m.
- Former Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer soon may be facing criminal charges related to a host of alleged financial misdeeds while he was executive director of the local food bank Just Food. By Chad Lawhorn