Mark Fagan (Transportation reporter)

I’ve been a reporter and editor at the Journal-World since 1992, and have been turning stories and other content for since before media convergence was considered cool.

While I now concentrate on transportation news, I’ve been known to dip into matters ranging from business to bioscience to Kansas University basketball.

For a story, I once drove a former Winston Cup car for 10 laps around Kansas Speedway, apparently at speeds reaching 165 mph (that’s what they told me; the car had no speedometer, not that I would have chanced looking at it anyway).

I say roundabouts make sense both on paper and in practice, although I have many friends who constantly try to convince me otherwise. And bacon is the greatest meat on Earth.

I also drive a Honda Odyssey minivan, and am darned happy about that — I figure its well earned family-wagon appearance has helped me avoid at least a few tickets, compared with the citation-magnet red Civic I used to drive.

Recent stories

Breast cancer patient’s attitude toward chemo therapy: Bring it on
September 24, 2013
Robbi Jenkins wants to make one thing clear: She doesn’t get sick. No strep. No pneumonia. No flu. The common cold doesn’t even bother trying to slow down the executive chef with the brisk walk, confident stare and no-nonsense demeanor. So imagine how the 58-year-old reacted after settling in for her regular mammogram on Oct. 26, 2011
Young mom learns ‘anyone’ can get cancer
September 17, 2013
Morgan Miller simply didn’t know what to think after her cancer diagnosis. “I mean, at 24? Who gets cancer at 24?” The answer comes from a boy seated across the table, his face buried in a Kindle Fire. “Anyone,” 9-year-old Trenton calmly tells his mother, drawing a nod from his twin brother, Derek.
County adjusts voting districts
January 12, 2012
Without even filling out a single ballot, more than 7,000 registered voters soon will find themselves with a new elected representative. And it’s only the beginning.
First Bell: 750 words could yield $5,000 for a young entrepreneur; board member joins advisory board for Community Corrections
January 12, 2012
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
Third incumbent seeking re-election to Lecompton City Council
January 11, 2012
Christy Mallonee, a member of the Lecompton City Council, filed as a candidate and paid the $5 filing fee Wednesday morning at the Douglas County Courthouse.
First Bell: School board taking applications for Finance Advisory Committee; Prairie Park Nature Center offers trips for home-schoolers
January 11, 2012
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.
United Way outlines strategies for helping student performance in Douglas County
05:09 p.m., January 10, 2012 Updated 11:20 a.m.
Efforts to help students succeed in school are getting an infusion of more than $400,000 from the United Way of Douglas County.
Area events to celebrate life of Martin Luther King Jr.
January 10, 2012
The Lawrence community is invited to continue more than a quarter-century of celebrations of the life and times of one of the country’s iconic civil rights leaders.
2nd Lecompton City Council member files for re-election
January 10, 2012
Another incumbent wants to continue serving on the Lecompton City Council.
First Bell: Free State to auction old-time jerseys; Consolidation Working Group receives direction
January 10, 2012
Time for another edition of “First Bell,” a look at issues and items involving education in and around Lawrence.

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Recent photos

Members of the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group — including, center row, left to right, Mike Myers, Chris Lempa and Chuck Epp — will have until Feb. 15 to come up with recommendations for the Lawrence school board. Monday night, Myers, Lempa, Epp and several other members secured from the board another two weeks to finish their work, which began in September. The group's next meeting is 7 p.m. Jan. 16 at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive.

Josh Davis, a member of the Central and East Lawrence Consolidation Working Group, categorizes condensed options previously forwarded by representatives from six schools identified as candidates for potential consolidation: Cordley, Hillcrest, Kennedy, New York, Pinckney and Sunset Hill. Davis, a representative from New York School, was among more than two dozen group members who met Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Lawrence school district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive.

Representatives of Pinckney School on the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group gather to discuss upcoming meetings. Seated, from left, are David Unekis, Stacey White and Karla Hughes. Standing, from left, are John Wilkins, an architect hired by the Lawrence school district to assist with the group's deliberations, and Pinckney teacher Alison Nye.

Terri Durgan, right, an elementary teacher who favors use of standards-based grades in school, listens as members of the Lawrence school board receive a report at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive. In the row behind her are Megan King, left, and Jill Patton, two parents who have been critical of the Lawrence school district's use of standards-based grades for sixth-graders, now in middle schools. Folks on both sides of the issue listened intently Monday night as board members reaffirmed the district's use of standards-based grading.

Dawn Shew, a member of the Central and East Lawrence Elementary School Consolidation Working Group, points out a potential new boundary — which would be Ninth Street to the North — for a new school that would combine the bulk of Kennedy and New York schools at a site near the former home of East Heights School. Shew made the presentation during the Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 meeting of the working group, advocating for a new school. "If we are going to be consolidated, this would be ideal for us," she said.

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