Staff

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

LMH to study program that would provide free legal assistance to low-income patients
March 29, 2015
LMH board of trustee members have agreed to consider a potential partnership with the Kansas University law school that would allow low-income patients at the hospital to have access to free legal professionals who could help solve problems that may be impacting a patient’s health. By Chad Lawhorn
Candidates differ on rental licensing program; discuss views on city management, commission changes
March 28, 2015
When the current City Commission passed a new rental registration and licensing program last year, it was one of the more sweeping program changes made by the commission in recent memory. Now the question is whether the program will be swept out with a new commission.
Rasmussen responds to concerns about out-of-town donations
March 27, 2015
Lawrence City Commission candidate Stan Rasmussen is seeking to assure voters that he’s not allowing several thousand dollars of campaign donations from outside of Lawrence and from a politically active conservative activist to influence his campaign. By Chad Lawhorn
Public transit hub topic of debate at City Commission forum
07:50 p.m., March 25, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
The six candidates for the Lawrence City Commission are divided on how to reorganize the city’s public transit system. By Chad Lawhorn
Town Talk: Work planned for Iowa Street this summer; roundabout for Bob Billings?
March 25, 2015
It has become almost a summer ritual in Lawrence: Portions of Iowa Street reduced to one lane. This summer will be no different. Town Talk by Chad Lawhorn
Commissioners approve smaller tax break for Eldridge Hotel expansion
March 24, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners approved a tax break for a proposed expansion of The Eldridge Hotel, but the incentive is smaller than once proposed. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission approves final $1 million payment for Rock Chalk Park
March 24, 2015
Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday approved a final $1 million-plus payment on the Rock Chalk Park project, and hoped to put a period on the controversial financial details of the sports complex.
Commission candidates draw distinctions among themselves in development forum
05:34 p.m., March 24, 2015 Updated 10:07 p.m.
With two weeks to go before Election Day, Lawrence City Commission candidates sharpened their messages about growth and development at a Tuesday forum with about 140 homebuilders and real estate agents in attendance. By Chad Lawhorn
County updates public on efforts to improve jail, mental health care
08:32 p.m., March 23, 2015 Updated 10:51 p.m.
By mid-May local leaders should better know how many prisoners in the Douglas County Jail have mental illnesses, and how many could be better treated without housing them in costly jail cells. By Chad Lawhorn
Local Realtor serving on national disaster relief board
March 22, 2015
Like many Kansans, Mike McGrew will keep an eye on the weather as the storm season kicks into high gear this spring and summer. But McGrew’s view may be a bit wider than most. He’s serving on a national disaster relief board that gives out millions of dollars in aid to victims of natural disasters throughout the U.S. 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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