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.
- Long-closed portion of 31st Street set to reopen on Wednesday
- July 30, 2015
- A key portion of 31st Street that has been closed for months as part of the South Lawrence Trafficway project will reopen on Wednesday. By Chad Lawhorn
- New report ranks Lawrence No. 5 in nation for business and careers
- 12:19 p.m., July 29, 2015 Updated 06:22 p.m.
- Lawrence has landed on a prestigious list of best small communities for businesses and careers.
- Construction work begins on new downtown kiosk at Ninth and Massachusetts
- July 24, 2015
- It is 9 feet tall and drawing curious stares at the corner of Ninth and Massachusetts in downtown Lawrence. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: The art of taxidermy
- July 12, 2015
- If you talk about the color of Picasso or the realism of Rembrandt at a cocktail party, many will find you so sophisticated. If you talk about ear butts, they’re likely to cut you off from the bar. I guess some people still don’t appreciate the art of taxidermy. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawrence monitoring drinking water quality after Topeka plant releases millions of gallons of waste water into Kaw
- 05:12 p.m., July 7, 2015 Updated 08:36 p.m.
- Officials at Lawrence’s Kaw Water Treatment Plant were on the lookout Tuesday for signs of problems related to a large amount of waste water that entered the Kansas River via the Topeka waste water treatment plant. By Chad Lawhorn
- City Hall proposes tax increase to fund boost in city salaries, mental health workers in schools
- July 2, 2015
- More money is needed to keep city employees from leaving for other jobs, and that means city residents will be asked to pay a bit more in property taxes in 2016, according to a recommended budget from the city manager. By Chad Lawhorn
- Higher taxes: A look at five ways we’ll be paying more
- July 2, 2015
- Always circle July 1 on your calendar. If the state is going to make you start paying higher taxes, July 1 is usually the day it will do it. That’s what happened to shoppers across the state Wednesday as new tax rates took effect. Here’s a look.
- Lawrence looks to increase spending on vehicles by more than $1 million in 2016
- June 28, 2015
- For the past several years, the city of Lawrence’s vehicle fleet has kind of served as a stimulus program for mechanics. In 2016, auto dealers are likely to get a boost. City budget-makers are recommending Lawrence spend at least an extra $1.25 million on vehicle and equipment purchases in 2016, in part, because a new report found the city has a significant number of vehicles where the city has actually spent more on repairs than it cost to buy the vehicles originally. By Chad Lawhorn
- Lawhorn’s Lawrence: A fetching career
- June 28, 2015
- After about 4,000 deliveries of Lawrence babies, Dr. Steven Bruner is leaving that part of his career behind. In the latter stages of his career, if Bruner walked into a delivery room at LMH, chances were good that it’s because things had gotten a little difficult. He would come in for a C-section delivery, or to use the forceps, a bygone device that has become “a lost art” for fetching a baby. By Chad Lawhorn
- Latest homeless report shows increase in Douglas County numbers since 2013
- June 25, 2015
- A new report released by the city shows there were 296 people who were homeless throughout the county on Jan. 28. That’s up more than 25 percent from 223 people who were counted as homeless in a similar 2013 survey. By Chad Lawhorn