Holly Naylor (City Hall Reporter)

At what moment did you realize you wanted to become a journalist (videographer, meteorologist, sports reporter, etc.)? And if there wasn't a specific point in time, what was the motivating factor?
In high school, I was accidentally enrolled in a Speech and Communications class. By the end of the semester, I had found a new skill and realized what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

When you really want to relax and let your hair down in Lawrence, where do you go and what do you do?
I love Downtown Lawrence. Massachusetts Street has such a great atmosphere. It's great to live in a city with a lively downtown area!

What comes to your mind as the most memorable local story you've covered?
It's a toss up between the story about a local woman who had all of her food stolen out of her fridge the day before Thanksgiving and the story about the man who lead police on a pursuit through a golf course.

If you couldn't be a reporter, what occupation would you want to try?
I would be a teacher.

Which two people do you admire most? One should be someone you know. The other, someone you've never met.
My Grandparents. They have all been through so much and are the most loving and generous people I know.

If you were stranded on a deserted island with only one song to listen to and one book to read for the duration, what would they be?
Clay Aiken's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and Gone With the Wind.

If they were going to execute you tomorrow, rightly or wrongly, what would your last meal consist of?
My dad's barbequed salmon.

Recent stories

Police searching for purse snatchers
May 31, 2005
Lawrence Police are looking for four men suspected in two separate purse snatchings this weekend.
Group behind Schauner postcard must disclose details
Ethics board says mailings constitute candidate advocacy
April 22, 2005
Those responsible for a controversial campaign postcard mailed four days before the April 5 city elections will be obliged to reveal themselves and how much money they raised and spent in their failed effort to deny City Commissioner David Schauner another term.
Health officials revoke day-care license
Lawrence baby sitter’s program forced to close after infant suffers from head injury
April 20, 2005
State health officials have ordered a Lawrence woman to stop caring for children in her home after authorities confirmed reports that an 8-month-old baby had suffered a head injury.
City Commissioners considering ban on late-evening road construction
April 11, 2005
City Commissioner Mike Rundle has proposed a night-time construction ban to cut down on the disturbing noise in neighborhoods. Bobby Flory of the Lawrence Home Builders Association says that crews only work at night when heat and traffic concerns require it. The city commission will debate both sides of the issue during their next meeting.
More than Phog — smoke scare leads to Allen Fieldhouse evacuation
March 2, 2005
(Updated Wednesday at 6:41 p.m.) About 100 of Kansas University students were briefly evacuated from Allen Fieldhouse this afternoon after smoke filled the building.
Eldridge auctioned for $2.9 million
October 12, 2004
(Updated Tuesday at 2:14 p.m.) KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Former Kansas University quarterback Bobby Douglass and KU alum Mitchell Chaney had the winning bid for Lawrence’s historic Eldridge Hotel, which was auctioned today before bankruptcy judge Robert Berger in Kansas City, Kan.
City’s birthday bash continues with parade
Float to stir memories of centennial celebration
September 18, 2004
For Fred Winter, today’s Sesquicentennial Parade is more than a trip down Massachusetts Street. It’s a trip down memory lane.
Oread residents consider parking permits
Neighborhood association weighing pros, cons of restricting on-the-street spaces
September 13, 2004
Finding a parking space in the Oread neighborhood can be a challenge. No one knows better than Candice Davis, who has lived five years in the neighborhood that borders Kansas University.
Smoking ban’s effects still unclear
Uncertainty doesn’t keep Lawrence businesses from accommodating smokers
July 31, 2004
Sunday marks the one-month anniversary of the citywide indoor smoking ban. But bar and restaurant operators say it is too soon to know what the ban has meant for business. “You know we don’t have the first full month of business completed, so it’s really hard to say; it bounces back and forth from day to day,” said Chuck Magerl, owner of Free State Brewing Co., 636 Mass.
National historic districts OK’d in Lawrence
July 30, 2004
Four areas of Lawrence that date to the city’s earliest settlers are among the newest additions to the National Register of Historic Places.

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