George Diepenbrock (General assignment reporter)

I was born at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, but when I was 3, my family moved from Lawrence to southwest Kansas. I grew up in Liberal, and in 2000, I started at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., where I earned a bachelor's degree in English in 2004.

The first person I ever interviewed was Darin Headrick, my middle school principal when I was in sixth grade. He’s now the superintendent of Greensburg schools leading a rebuilding effort amid the devastating 2007 tornado.

Aside from my West Middle School newspaper class, I picked up my interest in journalism as a summer intern reporter at the Southwest Daily Times in Liberal. My editors joked about their method to teach me fairness and objectivity. I covered the school board while my dad started serving his first term.

After I graduated from Knox, I worked for one year as a reporter in Liberal until I returned to Lawrence to attend journalism graduate school at Kansas University. That July of 2005, I also began working as a part-time reporter at the Journal-World.

In June 2007, I started work at The World Company full-time, and I have mostly worked as a general assignment reporter, meaning two things: I get to either cover whatever I want or whatever my editors tell me to for our Web site, the newspaper and 6News.

In my spare time, I follow KU sports teams, try to tackle my reading list, and watch way too much football. I refuse to give up on the Kansas City Chiefs.

You can also follow me on Twitter, where I try to provide updates on court proceedings, political speeches and news.

Recent stories

Insurance company accuses apartment owners of fraud
September 6, 2012
An insurance company alleges the owners of the former Boardwalk Apartments committed fraud in claims they submitted after a deadly 2005 fire destroyed one building at the west Lawrence complex.
Police, firefighters prepare for flag football showdown
August 30, 2012
After losing to a team of firefighters the first two years in an annual flag football game, a team of Lawrence and Douglas County law enforcement officers hope this year’s game will turn out differently.
Suspect arrested on child sex charges
August 30, 2012
Lawrence police arrested a 74-year-old Lawrence man Thursday morning on two child sex crime charges.
Man pistol-whipped in attempted robbery at The Reserve apartments; two suspects in custody
12:59 a.m., August 30, 2012 Updated 03:55 p.m.
Lawrence police arrested two 19-year-old Topeka men Thursday morning an hour after a Kansas University student was pistol-whipped and a gun discharged in a robbery at The Reserve apartment complex, 2511 W. 31st Street.
Lawsuit claims woman unfairly convicted in highway workers’ deaths
August 29, 2012
An attorney argued Wednesday that a 53-year-old woman convicted of striking and killing two highway workers with her truck south of Lawrence in 2007 did not receive a fair trial.
Sixth Street building evacuated after electrical problem; power outage reported in west Lawrence
03:41 p.m., August 29, 2012 Updated 05:54 p.m.
Lawrence firefighters after an electrical fire have evacuated the building that includes Internal Medicine Group, 4525 W. Sixth St., dispatchers said.
Suspect in meth case placed in federal custody
August 29, 2012
A 49-year-old Overland Park man who faces federal methamphetamine and firearm charges was transferred to federal custody on Wednesday.
House fire battled in rural De Soto
August 29, 2012
Firefighters in Johnson County extinguished a house fire Wednesday in rural De Soto.
Hearing set for man charged in veteran’s death
August 28, 2012
A Douglas County judge Tuesday scheduled a December preliminary hearing for a Mission man who faces an involuntary manslaughter charge in connection with the February death of a 27-year-old Lawrence man.
46 people arrested for various crimes in Friday, Saturday night patrols
August 27, 2012
Lawrence police conducted special patrols last Friday and Saturday nights in the Oread neighborhood to target underage drinking and other violations.

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Recent photos

A 44-year-old Linwood man was killed when a car struck his motorcycle Thursday morning. The crash occurred the 1000 block of North Third Street at the intersection that allows drivers to turn west into the I-70 Business Center or east toward the East Lawrence interchange of the Kansas Turnpike.

Crews respond to a fire reported in the apartment above Pickleman's, 818 Mass.

I hope these shoes say something like, "Send me a tip for Heard on the Hill."

Photo of four-vehicle accident near 6th and Kasold streets Wednesday around 2:45 p.m. Crews on scene are reporting one person not breathing and one person with life-threatening injuries.

Tim McCart, line worker, Lawrence

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