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

Technical training center receives $20,000 donation from local builders
December 18, 2014
A new vocational education center that plans to open this fall in Lawrence has received a $20,000 gift to create a training program for people wanting to enter the construction industry. By Chad Lawhorn
United Way fundraising drive falling short of goal
December 18, 2014
Leaders with the United Way said the campaign is projected to fall about $125,000 short of its $1.8 million goal, unless giving increases significantly before the end of the year.By Chad Lawhorn
New report attempts to compare costs of Rock Chalk Park with other city projects
December 17, 2014
Lawrence officials have shed more light on how they have evaluated whether taxpayers got a good deal on about $11 million worth of infrastructure work at Rock Chalk Park that did not go through the city’s normal bid process. The new report paints a mixed picture, with some costs coming in below similar work elsewhere in the city that was bid, and other costs at Rock Chalk Park significantly higher. But Chuck Soules, the city’s director of public works, said the numbers give him confidence the city was charged a fair price for the work.
Lawrence to seek audit on Rock Chalk Park; delays final payment
December 16, 2014
City commissioners Tuesday took the first step toward ordering an audit of public funds spent on the Rock Chalk Park sports complex, while also delaying an approximately $1 million infrastructure payment for the controversial development in northwest Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
Union leader files for seat on City Commission
December 16, 2014
A Lawrence bus driver who also is the leader of the local transit union is the latest candidate to seek a seat on the Lawrence City Commission.
City officials working to fix concrete cracks at Rock Chalk Park recreation center
December 15, 2014
As the Journal-World reported in early November, about 25 cracks developed in the concrete mezzanine at Sports Pavilion Lawrence. Since that time, problems with the grout in the entryway of the 181,000 square-foot building also have developed. City officials, who previously said they would monitor the situation before deciding whether to undertake repairs, said a fix is now needed.By Chad Lawhorn
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Picking a Christmas tree and choosing optimism
December 13, 2014
It always has been easy to get beaten down in this world and assume that trouble is around every corner. And then, one day, you turn a corner and find a Christmas tree lot full of optimists. By Chad Lawhorn
City manager offers apology on Rock Chalk matter; commissioners suggest audit
02:21 p.m., December 11, 2014 Updated 05:04 p.m.
Lawrence’s city manager on Thursday issued a written apology to the community for how he handled a disputed payment for infrastructure at Rock Chalk Park, and a city commissioner said he wants to consider conducting an audit of the entire project to try to restore the public’s confidence. By Chad Lawhorn
City commissioners say the city erred in processing Rock Chalk Park payment
December 10, 2014
An approximately $1 million payment for disputed Rock Chalk Park infrastructure bills is creating confusion and a new round of questions about whether the unique public-private partnership behind the sports complex is lacking in transparency. “We clearly screwed up,” City Commissioner Jeremy Farmer said. “All the people who are frustrated about the lack of transparency about this project have just been given an infinite amount of ammunition because we aren’t finishing strong. We’re limping across the finish line.” By Chad Lawhorn
City Manager now says he will withhold controversial Rock Chalk Park payment
December 10, 2014
City Manager David Corliss is delaying an approximately $1 million payment for controversial infrastructure costs at Rock Chalk Park after a dispute emerged over whether the public was adequately informed of the pending payment. 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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