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

City agrees to apply for roundabout funding
April 22, 2014
Commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday unanimously agreed to submit applications for state and federal funding for safety projects that could construct roundabouts at Wakarusa Drive and Harvard Road, 19th Street and Naismith Drive, and Kasold Drive and Harvard Road. By Chad Lawhorn
More basketball, fitness, senior classes on tap as city prepares to open Rock Chalk center
April 21, 2014
City officials have released their first schedule for classes and leagues at the city-owned recreation center at Rock Chalk Park, and it includes everything from a new youth basketball league for girls to a fitness class that touts “rock bottoms” at Rock Chalk Park. Classes and leagues are scheduled to begin in September, but sign up begins on April 27. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawhorn’s Lawrence: Pinball, dancing and student hangouts of old
April 20, 2014
The student party scene in Lawrence was some type of crazy in the 1950s. You don’t believe me? They burned the pinball machines. No, not the students. The adults. By Chad Lawhorn
City engineers want roundabout at 19th and Naismith, plus two other major intersections
April 20, 2014
Your future trips to Allen Fieldhouse may include a new twist: a roundabout. City engineers want to apply for state grants to build a roundabout at 19th Street and Naismith Drive, plus at two other high-profile intersections — Kasold Drive and Harvard Road, and Wakarusa Drive and Harvard Road. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence City Commission agenda for April 22
April 18, 2014
6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Lawrence City Hall
City upholds decision on West Lawrence roundabout despite new objections from neighbors
April 15, 2014
About five months after city commissioners used a set of studies to justify the approval of a new dual lane roundabout along a busy West Lawrence street, neighbors are presenting studies that suggest such roundabouts increase the likelihood of bicyclists being involved in accidents. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence Public Library sets date to open at new and expanded downtown facility
April 15, 2014
You can finally put a bookmark on your calendar: The new and expanded Lawrence Public Library will open July 26. By Chad Lawhorn
Lawrence keeping eye on possible November election for police headquarters plan
April 15, 2014
It is possible the city may seek to have an election in November to ask for voter approval of a multimillion dollar police headquarters, a trio of commissioners said Monday. But first commissioners must pick a site for a new police headquarters building, and that process is gaining steam at City Hall. By Chad Lawhorn
Name the city’s new rec center
April 15, 2014
If you think naming a recreation center is so easy, now you have your chance to prove it.
Buffalo Bob’s Smokehouse to close after 37 years in business
April 14, 2014
Come to find out, even tater curls piled high to the sky have a limit: 37 years. Buffalo Bob’s Smokehouse —which has operated for nearly four decades in downtown Lawrence — will close on April 29. By Chad Lawhorn

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Recent photos

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.

A print from Chad Lawhorn's Dogs Playing Pool Art Collection. This one is entitled "That's not a Biscuit!"

A print from Chad Lawhorn's Dogs Playing Pool Art Collection. This one is entitled "Ruff-Roh!"

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