Ian Cummings (Public safety reporter)

Ian began reporting police and courthouse stories at the Lawrence Journal-World in the winter of 2012. First, he tried many other kinds of work. Ian is an obtuse young man and failed to realize he was supposed to be a crime reporter. The Kansas City native studied anthropology at Kansas University in 2006 before disappearing into Central America for a stretch of years. He hitchhiked to El Salvador on a banana truck. He briefly worked as an amateur electrician before returning to Lawrence as a graduate student in journalism. At various times, he pretended to be a schoolteacher, an archeologist, and a bartender. He has small hands and a quick temper. Ian likes to say he shares those traits with great men: Napoleon, Houdini, and former Kansas City Royals manager Hal McRae. Others say McRae had normal-sized hands. Ian’s work has also appeared in The Kansas City Star. He served as editor of the University Daily Kansan student newspaper in the spring and fall of 2012. You can follow him at

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