Janet Reid

I joined the 6News team after moving to Lawrence in 1998. Since then, I’ve been behind the desk, anchoring either the 6 p.m. or 10 p.m. news. My passion is to be out in the field reporting and doing stories that impact people’s lives. I’ve won several awards for my reporting, including Best Spot News story from the Kansas Associated Press for a 2002 piece I did on a KU student who survived a lightning strike.

I grew up mainly In Naperville, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, and have spent time in Tulsa, Okla., where I was born. That’s why I moved back to the Sooner State to attend college. I received a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and minored in French. The highlight of my time at OU was playing on the Big 8 Championship soccer team.

After taking some time off to work as a ski instructor in the mountains of Colorado, I went back to school, graduating with a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

My first job took me to the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where I worked as an anchor/reporter for WJFW-TV, the NBC affiliate in Rhinelander, Wis. My work experience also includes time at MSNBC during the 1996 Democratic Presidential Convention, working in Colorado Gov. Roy Romer's press office, and serving as a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent for a television station in Fargo, N.D.

When I’m not working, I enjoy traveling and spending time with my husband, our two young sons and our dog, Jack, a Golden Retriever/Cocker Spaniel mix we rescued from the Lawrence Humane Society.

You can follow me on Twitter, where I provide instant updates on news from the courts as well as other news of interest in the Lawrence area.

Recent stories

Autopsy report: Man died of fall from Oread roof, had alcohol and marijuana in system
July 20, 2010
A 25-year-old Lawrence man who died after falling from the top floor balcony at The Oread hotel had alcohol and marijuana in his system at the time of his death, according to an autopsy report released by the coroner’s office Tuesday.
Video cameras have helped solve but not deter crimes
July 17, 2010
Lawrence attorney Mike Riling has seen it all.
NTSB releases preliminary report in fatal Jefferson County plane crash
July 16, 2010
The National Transportation Safety Board released preliminary findings in the investigation of a fatal plane crash near Perry on July 1.
Lawrence Police looking for suspects in downtown vandalism
July 15, 2010
Lawrence police are seeking the public’s help in solving another round of vandalism in Downtown Lawrence.
Gas service restored to downtown businesses, street reopened
10:30 a.m., July 15, 2010 Updated 05:56 p.m.
Lawrence resident Toni Dudley knows the Downtown Lawrence Sidewalk Sale is always an adventure, but she didn’t quite realize what she was in for as she shopped for bargains Thursday morning inside Talbots.
Refreshments, entertainment a popular draw for those who have shopped Sidewalk Sale a bit too much
Live updates from the Sidewalk Sale
06:00 a.m., July 15, 2010 Updated 02:49 p.m.
A band. Free water. Cookies. Massages. While some were shopping, others were taking advantage of the free refreshments and entertainment available to those who came downtown for the annual sidewalk sale.
Police still waiting for toxicology reports in Oread hotel death
July 14, 2010
More than five weeks after a man fell to his death from an upper-level balcony at The Oread, 1200 Oread Ave., Lawrence police said the case is still under investigation.
Jury finds Briggs Auto Group not liable in fatal Cat Tracker accident
01:43 p.m., July 13, 2010 Updated 06:09 p.m.
Jurors have begun deliberations in the civil trial stemming from a 2006 fatal accident involving the Cat Tracker fan bus.
Defense witness says Cat Tracker passengers were warned of dangers; auto dealer says it doesn’t convert school buses
01:26 p.m., July 12, 2010 Updated 08:32 p.m.
The defendant has presented its case in a civil trial in Douglas County District Court stemming from the Cat Tracker fatality accident in Lawrence on Nov. 18, 2006. The plaintiff’s side rested its case Friday afternoon.
Family gives emotional testimony in third day of Cat Tracker trial
Driver says he was never told to keep people off the roof of the bus
July 9, 2010
When Samantha Green delivered her daughter on Dec. 30, 2006, her husband was not by her side. He wouldn’t be there for the late-night feedings or to help with changing diapers.

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