Chuck Woodling (Sports reporter)

Chuck was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo., so long ago his high school (Southwest) is defunct. He attended Kansas City, Mo., Junior College (also defunct) for two years, earning an associate of arts degree. Then he transferred to Missouri University where he added a bachelor of journalism degree to his resume.

"I have lived in Lawrence for 40 years," Chuck said, "and no one ever lets me forget I went to MU, even though I spent just two years of my life there."

After leaving Mizzou, Chuck spent six months in the U.S. Army before becoming a general assignment reporter for the Hutchinson News. After less than a year, he switched to sports writing. Later Chuck moved to the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal before becoming sports editor of the Journal-World in the fall of 1968, a job he held for nearly 37 years.

Chuck, who is officially semi-retired, pens a weekly column, covers various events and performs a variety of office tasks. He and his wife Carolyn, a retired kindergarten teacher, have two daughters and two grandchildren.

In his spare time, Chuck works crossword puzzles, travels and volunteers.

Recent stories

Vikings surprise, deny Lawrence High
November 10, 2012
He wasn’t exactly a secret weapon, but Andre Maloney was an unlikely game-changer Friday night in SM West’s 21-14 football victory over Lawrence High. By Chuck Woodling
Baseball showcases on tap
August 10, 2012
Multi-generational baseball is coming to Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark on Saturday.
Rough week for LHS soccer ends in third shutout
April 17, 2010
How bad a stretch has it been for Lawrence High’s girls soccer team?
Huskers shut out frustrated Jayhawks, 2-0
April 15, 2010
Kansas had Robinson Crusoe-itis on Wednesday evening.
Don’t be deterred, kids
April 15, 2010
No way of knowing for sure, but I hope I’m smarter than a fifth-grader … although maybe not as smart as Miss Cochrane’s bunch.
Outfielder makes Lawrence High history
April 13, 2010
Matt Sutliffe dished a dose of humility after making history.
Despite wildness, FSHS baseball wins
April 9, 2010
Cody Kukuk probably tied an all-time baseball record Thursday night. Kukuk walked four Shawnee Mission Northwest batters in one inning, yet the Cougars didn’t score, and Free State High hung on for a 2-0 home-opening victory.
Bill James humbled by honors
April 7, 2010
With age comes accumulation, and Bill James has had to make room for a couple more plaques on the wall of his Lawrence office.
KU softball blanked by Longhorns
April 3, 2010
Sometimes all you can do is look on the bright side. “Defensively, we made plays,” Megan Smith said. “That’s a positive.”
Free State softball drops doubleheader to Olathe East
April 2, 2010
It didn’t take Lee Ice long to witness both sides of Sunflower League softball.

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