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.
- Douglas County sheriff and his mother under investigation for voter fraud; case reveals quirk in Kansas voting law
- February 19, 2017
- Sheriff Ken McGovern in the last two elections helped his elderly mother obtain a ballot to vote in Douglas County, despite evidence that his mother lives in a Johnson County nursing home. A spokesman with the Kansas Secretary of State’s office confirmed the matter had been forwarded to state prosecutors for review and possible charges.
- Lawrence lawmaker shares personal details of civil rights struggle with MLK Day crowd
- January 16, 2017
- It was 1965, and Barbara Ballard — then just a sophomore at a St. Louis college — desperately wanted to go to Montgomery, Ala., to participate in the march being organized by Martin Luther King Jr.
- Kansas’ fiscal woes J-W’s top story of 2016
- December 31, 2016
- A look at the top stories of 2016, as voted on by the Journal-World newsroom.
- KDOT says additional improvements to Kasold and SLT intersection unlikely following crash
- November 27, 2016
- The Kansas Department of Transportation likely won’t be able to make any short-term fixes to improve the safety of a much-debated South Lawrence Trafficway intersection that was the site of a three-car crash on Tuesday.
- Several hundred protest President-elect Trump in downtown Lawrence
- November 12, 2016
- It was a night of slogans — and some back and forth — as several hundred people marched along Massachusetts Street Saturday night in protest of President-elect Donald Trump.
- Chamber hires longtime state leader as new vice president of economic development
- November 11, 2016
- A longtime leader of the state’s economic development efforts will now take over the role in Lawrence, officials from the Lawrence chamber of commerce announced Friday.
- A Trump presidency: Local Democrats struggle to comprehend; Republicans see hope
- 11:40 p.m., November 8, 2016 Updated 01:53 a.m.
- As Donald Trump marched state by state to win the presidency, Douglas County Democrats on Tuesday evening struggled to comprehend the message of voters, while local Republicans said the message couldn’t be clearer.
- Leaders laud completion of SLT at ribbon-cutting; road to open to traffic on Wednesday
- November 4, 2016
- It is time to drop the South Lawrence Trafficway’s moniker as a “road to nowhere,” a crowd of about 150 people were told at a ribbon-cutting for the long-debated and long-delayed bypass project.
- After more than two decades of argument, SLT to open; reflections on the fight that enveloped the community
- 12:37 p.m., November 3, 2016 Updated 12:00 a.m.
- The South Lawrence Trafficway surely must be the most debated stretch of concrete in Douglas County’s history. Yes, there are some projects that perhaps could match it in ferocity: construction of the Clinton Lake Dam in the 1970s and plans to build a downtown mall in the 1980s come to mind. But on the menu of Douglas County donnybrooks, those were just appetizers. The South Lawrence Trafficway ended up being the all-you-can-eat buffet.
- KCP&L reaches key settlement in proposed purchase of Westar; future of Lawrence power plant unclear
- October 13, 2016
- Kansas City Power & Light has reached an agreement with the staff of the Missouri Public Service Commission that should eliminate one key question in the utility’s proposed $12 billion merger with Topeka-based Westar Energy.