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.
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Seeing Lawrence one step at a time
- August 30, 2015
- The squirrels — especially the west Lawrence ones — know Janet Burnett-Huchingson’s chief complaint. Cul-de-sacs. Walking down a cul-de-sac is like a Mizzou Tiger walking down memory lane of great championship basketball triumphs — it just doesn’t get you anywhere. By Chad Lawhorn
- Large crowd supports Just Food at fundraiser; board struggling to answer questions about Farmer’s pay, other financial issues
- August 28, 2015
- Fundraising for the embattled Douglas County food bank Just Food is off to a fast start, but answers to questions about how the nonprofit managed to let more than $60,000 in payroll taxes go unpaid are coming more slowly. By Chad Lawhorn
- City Commission outlines ‘transparent, open’ process for picking new commissioner by early October
- August 21, 2015
- By Oct. 6, Lawrence may have a new city commissioner to fill the vacant seat left by Jeremy Farmer’s sudden resignation stemming from financial questions surrounding the former mayor. By Chad Lawhorn
- Just Food says it was ‘shocked’ by Farmer’s handling of business; whether crimes were committed ‘to be determined’
- 12:02 p.m., August 21, 2015 Updated 01:50 p.m.
- The former executive director of Just Food — who until last week also was the mayor of Lawrence — intentionally misled board members about a variety of financial matters, the nonprofit’s board has determined. By Chad Lawhorn
- Farmer faced legal issues over unpaid income taxes while he ran for Lawrence City Commission in 2013; did not disclose
- August 17, 2015
- During his 2013 campaign for the Lawrence City Commission, Jeremy Farmer failed to disclose that officials in Arkansas were taking legal action against him to pay nearly $2,200 in past due income taxes. By Chad Lawhorn
- City: Former mayor used government credit card for personal expenses, claiming his own cards had been ‘compromised’
- Farmer repays $1,100 just prior to resigning from commission
- 02:31 p.m., August 13, 2015 Updated 07:32 p.m.
- Former Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer used a city-issued credit card to pay for about $1,100 of personal expenses, but repaid the city just prior to resigning his position Wednesday, city officials have announced. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawrence mayor resigns as director of Just Food; nonprofit has $50K in unpaid taxes; divorce deposition alleges past mismanagement
- 11:56 a.m., August 10, 2015 Updated 07:16 p.m.
- Lawrence Mayor Jeremy Farmer has unexpectedly stepped down from his position as executive director of a local food bank, in part, because the nonprofit is about $50,000 past due on federal payroll taxes. By Chad Lawhorn
- City board recommends approval of tax incentive for downtown apartment project
- August 4, 2015
- A plan to add four stories of apartments to the former Pachamamas building in downtown Lawrence is a step closer to reality as a key city board recommended approval of a tax incentive for the project. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A Lawrence man and a Cuban mystery
- August 2, 2015
- The Cuban balcony that Richard Gwin often takes his morning coffee on has an old bullet lodged in its railing. It is left over from the days of the Cuban revolution, so it is only natural that Gwin would ask the elder gentleman of the household what he recalls about those turbulent times. By Chad Lawhorn