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

Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Delivering more than a meal
February 28, 2015
It is chocolate cake day, and I know I’m pretty excited. I don’t think I’m alone. How can I be? A piece of chocolate cake shows up at your doorstep, and suddenly the sun shines a little brighter. On this day, about 130 people across Lawrence got their cake, and were able to eat it too. Knock, knock, knock. “Meals on Wheels,” Carolyn Landgrebe says, just like she has since she began volunteering for the organization during its first year of Lawrence operations in 1970. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence commissioners pleased with main findings of Rock Chalk audit, but some concerns remain
06:32 p.m., February 27, 2015 Updated 10:38 p.m.
The results of a city-ordered audit should make the public feel more comfortable that it got a good deal on controversial, no-bid Rock Chalk Park construction work, several city commissioners said on Friday. City Commissioner Bob Schumm said he was pleased that the audit made strong findings on two points: The infrastructure work at the site either “met or exceeded” the standards set out by the city, and the prices charged to the city compared reasonably to other construction projects that the city had bid in the past. By Chad Lawhorn
Rock Chalk Park audit recommends city make final $1M payment, but finds accounting of project was incomplete
04:07 p.m., February 26, 2015 Updated 10:19 p.m.
The private contractor who built nearly $12 million worth of no-bid infrastructure work at Rock Chalk Park “did not provide a complete accounting for the project,” a city-hired auditor has determined. But the audit firm of McDonald & Associates is recommending that the city of Lawrence proceed with an approximately $1 million payment that had been withheld from the contractor as questions had arisen about the public-private sports complex. By Chad Lawhorn
Construction bids for Lawrence sewer plant come in higher than expected
February 24, 2015
Plans to build a new sewage treatment plant south of the Wakarusa River may cost more than city leaders once envisioned. By Chad Lawhorn
Idea of increasing City Commission size discussed at candidate forum
08:49 p.m., February 23, 2015 Updated 10:24 p.m.
The idea of expanding the number of Lawrence city commissioners in future years seems to be gaining momentum, based on comments made by candidates at a Monday evening campaign forum. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidate profile: Kristie Adair
February 22, 2015
There are lots of ways to be an activist, but starting your own business doesn’t always rise to the top of many people’s lists. But Kristie Adair and her husband, Joshua Montgomery, don’t confine themselves to the conventional way of doing things. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidate profile: Justin Priest
February 22, 2015
Justin Priest gets to see something that most of us don’t: He sees the true numbers of how much average Lawrence families earn in wages, and he said the figures don’t make for happy reading. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidate profile: Terry Riordan
February 22, 2015
As a Lawrence peditriancian since 1983, Dr. Terry Riordan has had many serious conversations with Lawrence adults, mainly about medicine and their children. As he finishes his first two-year term on the Lawrence City Commission, he would like to have another type of conversation with Lawrence residents. He wishes they would understand their government better. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidate profile: David Crawford
February 22, 2015
It was 1969 and David Crawford came to Kansas University to make beautiful things as an artist. The summer job he took as a welder in North Kansas City was just supposed to help pay for college. By Chad Lawhorn
City Commission candidate profile: Cori Viola
February 22, 2015
Let there be no doubt that a 23-year old candidate certainly can have an impact on the Lawrence City Commission race. Cori Viola, a second-year law student at Kansas University and one of 14 candidates seeking a seat on the commission, is poised to score a victory early on in the race. 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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