Meagan Thomas (Night reporter and Web producer)

Meagan Thomas is the Lawrence Journal-World's night reporter and Web producer. She covers breaking news, local events and the occasional human interest feature. Prior to joining the Journal-World staff permanently, Meagan was a news intern for the Lawrence Journal-World and the Baldwin City Signal. She is a recent graduate of Baker University. At Baker she was a staff member of the award-winning publication, The Baker Orange. During her 3 and a half years on staff she worked as a news and sports reporter, a news and opinions editor and editor-in-chief. Meagan is a Colorado native with a love for fitness, cheerleading, food, the outdoors and the Colorado Rockies. Follow her on Twitter at

Recent stories

Haskell’s ‘Granny’ never says no to her students
September 29, 2013
Leandra Galindo doesn’t have children, let alone grandchildren, but every day there’s a group of students calling her granny and she’s more than happy to help them in any way she can.
Lawrence clinic to begin laser tattoo removal
September 16, 2013
You contemplated it for a while and eventually decided to go for it. You took the the plunge and got a tattoo. If you’ve come to regret that serpent across your back, soon a Lawrence business will be able to make it vanish. Aestheticare MedSpa, 3510 Clinton Place, has purchased a Medlite C-6 laser through Cynosure. The laser is specifically designed for tattoo removal and Aestheticare will begin treating patients next month. By Meagan Thomas
Church battles local hunger with food fight
September 8, 2013
At about 7 p.m. Sunday, hundreds of kids ages 12-19 lined up at a yellow-taped area in the field just south of Christ Community Church, waiting to start a food fight that they were actually encouraged to participate in. Third Battle Royal - a Food Fight Against Hunger, was an event to raise awareness of hunger in the Lawrence community.
Local, regional artists to display work at annual arts and crafts festival
September 5, 2013
The shelves that line the front of Kara McKamey’s ceramics studio are filled with bowls, mugs, pots, vases and other pieces made by herself and renters at Muddy Waters Studio, but this weekend many of those shelves will be cleared as she and other local artists participate in the 34th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival on Sunday in South Park.
HPV vaccine offered in Lawrence pediatric offices
September 3, 2013
Gardasil, a type of Human Papillomavirus vaccination, was originally meant for women and is growing in popularity as preteens and males are now encouraged to get the cancer-preventing shot. In Lawrence, more pre-teens and teens are beginning to get the vaccination. By Meagan Thomas
Fine weather and a holiday, a perfect time to enjoy the end of summer in Lawrence
September 2, 2013
For many people, today was the kind of day you just had to take advantage of. As the clock started to run out on summer, a national holiday coincided with nearly perfect, 84-degrees-and-sunny weather, a treat for those who were free to enjoy it. While a few actually labored on Labor Day, many more took it as one of the last opportunities for summer leisure at the lake, the park or the pool. By Ian Cummings and Meagan Thomas
The Worst Hard Time’ is also the choice for Read Across Lawrence
August 29, 2013
The Lawrence Public Library will help members of the community to get on the same page by handing out free copies of “The Worst Hard Time,” by Timothy Egan, on Massachusetts Street during Final Friday. The free books are a part of the kick-off event for the 11th annual Read Across Lawrence, a program to encourage Lawrence residents to read the same book and then attend library-sponsored events to discuss and learn more about topics and themes in the literature.
Director’s full-time job: making KU more accessible
August 25, 2013
After just more than a year as the director of Accessibility and ADA Education, Jamie Simpson says Kansas University has been taking strides to become an increasingly accessible institution for students, faculty, staff and visitors with disabilities.
DeBruce Center to house beloved ‘Rules of Basket Ball’
August 25, 2013
James Naismith’s original “Rules of Basket Ball” will be going on display for members of the community to view on the Kansas University campus – but not for a while.
Center acts as ‘lighthouse’ for undergraduate research
August 25, 2013
When senior Jennifer Geller walked into the Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio in Milan, Italy, in March, it was an accumulation of a year of proposals, research and planning. Geller received a $1,000 grant from the Kansas University Center for Undergraduate Research to help her with her research on Medieval Christian shrines and the relationship between altars and tombs. Geller is one of many undergraduate students at KU taking advantage of the resources available through the Center for Undergraduate Research, which was started last September. By Meagan Thomas

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