Jon Ralston (Features editor)

I've lived in Kansas most of my life, growing up in cozy Westwood Hills and spending almost five years at the University of Kansas, majoring in journalism and creative writing and graduating in 2005. I began working at the Lawrence Journal-World as a copy editor and designer in the fall of 2006, my first real job coming off a string of internships at papers and magazines throughout the U.S. I'm a true word nerd at heart. Some of my favorites: Coruscate. Serendipitous. Scrumptious. Boondoggle. I love living downtown and having so much around me to do on a whim. When I have free time, I like going to one of the many coffee shops nearby to grab a chai and do the day's crossword, going to Smackdown trivia at the Bottleneck, and generally vegging out. Don't get me started on "Lost" because I could talk about it for hours.

Recent stories

Fall Arts Guide 2013
September 15, 2013
This autumn’s biggest arts and entertainment happenings in Lawrence.
2013 Spring Arts Guide
March 17, 2013
Highlights of arts and entertainment events happening in Lawrence through the season.
How to spend the holidays
Your road map to arts and entertainment events through the end of the year
November 18, 2012
Here at, Santa’s been making a list — and checking it twice — of local happenings to get you in the holiday spirit.
Fall Arts Guide 2012
September 23, 2012
As the temperatures drop, there’s no reason to stay bundled up indoors this fall.
Summer Arts Guide: Your guide to Lawrence’s arts scene from now until Labor Day
May 27, 2012
Whether you’re a kid or adult, bookworm or concert junkie, want to dress up like Harry Potter or Elvis, Lawrence has plenty of opportunities to keep you busy this summer.

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