Jonathan Kealing

I joined the News Center as a part-time reporter in December 2006 and am now the assistant director of media strategy, a job I took on in June 2010.

In my new role, I'll help launch and nurture some of our newest sites, like WellCommons and Sunflower Horizons, plus others that we're still developing, as well as help relaunch I'll also help ensure the continued growth, both in traffic and interaction as well as revenue, for and

I started as a full-time reporter covering Kansas University, my alma mater, in August 2007 after graduating, and became online editor in May 2008.

Previously, I was editor of my college newspaper and had internships at the Kansas City Star, Des Moines Register and Austin Business Journal. My primary role is to help the staff engage the community via our Web sites, create interactive, multimedia journalism and promote the growth of our online sites.

In my spare time, I like to read books and spend time with my wife and our dog, a border collie-lab mix. I also like to travel and spend time enjoying all that Lawrence has to offer.

You can follow me on Twitter, where I provide behind the scene updates on news and what's going on in Lawrence.

Recent stories

Fire reported on second floor of Hallmark Cards in Lawrence
03:58 p.m., September 16, 2011 Updated 09:40 p.m.
Multiple Lawrence Douglas County Fire Medical units are en route to Hallmark Cards, 101 McDonald Drive, in Lawrence after a report of a structure fire. to host round table on the intersection of privacy and social media; Join us
September 9, 2011
The discussion, which will include discussion of real world issues from Lawrence and elsewhere, will run from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15.
How did you hear about Sept. 11? What do you remember from that day?
September 8, 2011
The 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 is right around the corner. Everyone has commemorations planned. We want to know where you were when you first found out about the attacks on the World Trade Center. Who broke the news to you?
Two people injured in car accident on U.S. 24-40 near Lawrence Airport
06:46 p.m., September 2, 2011 Updated 07:41 p.m.
At least two people are injured — one critically — after a serious accident on U.S. Highway 24/40 near the Lawrence Airport.
One person dead in early morning car accident in Riverfront Park in North Lawrence
08:03 a.m., August 27, 2011 Updated 02:50 p.m.
One person is dead after a vehicle overturned near the entrance to Riverfront Park in North Lawrence, said Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Monroe.
Injury accidents gnarl traffic on three highways
KHP closes K-10 for 6 hours
03:47 p.m., August 25, 2011 Updated 12:16 a.m.
Kansas Highway 10 reopened to all traffic Thursday night after a serious injury accident caused the highway to be shutdown for more than six hours.
Air conditioning problems reported at Broken Arrow, New York, South Middle schools
August 19, 2011
Power flashes and other power disruption have led to problems in with the air conditioners at three schools in Lawrence, the Lawrence school district announced Friday.
About 100 Douglas County Westar Energy customers still without power
09:26 a.m., August 19, 2011 Updated 09:30 p.m.
As Friday wraps up, more than 100 Douglas County Westar Energy customers are still without power.
Severe storms leave thousands without power in Douglas County
More than 5,000 without power as storms move through area
12:00 a.m., August 19, 2011 Updated 03:08 a.m.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 12:30 a.m. Friday.
August begins with another 100+ degree day, excessive heat warning
August 1, 2011
According to the National Weather Service, high temperatures for today are forecast to be 103 degrees, with a heat index as high as 111. On Tuesday, high temperatures are forecast to be 106, with a heat index of 109.

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Recent photos

Lawrence police and medics respond to a wreck reportedly involving a motorcycle and a car near Iowa Street and University Drive on Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

Jonathan Kealing submitted this photo for the Dear Lawrence project. In it, you see him with with his sister, Jenna, and brother, Justin, in 1994 at a KU football game. His family lived in Kansas City at the time and came up for games often, but usually watched them sprawled out on a blanket on Campanile Hill, rather than inside Memorial Stadium. After 15 years, it was hard to be sure this was the exact right spot, but everything looked pretty close.

A semi-truck from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory unloads near Dowtown Lawrence on Wednesday, July 12, 2011. A new store will open in the Cold Stone Creamery location in the 600 block of Massachusetts Street.

An American flag and a voting sign greeted those who were headed to the polls at the East Lawrence Reaction Center Tuesday, April 5, 2011. Though volunteers were ready inside with a large stack of ballots, by 9:30 just 14 ballots had been cast there.

The logo of the new online community, Sunflower Horizons.

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