Sara Shepherd (KU reporter)

I'm the Journal-World's Kansas University and higher education reporter. Most of my time is (easily) spent covering all things newsworthy happening on KU's 25,000-student main campus here in Lawrence — from unusual or groundbreaking research, to multi-million dollar construction projects, to policies affecting student safety or academic success. I also cover the Kansas Board of Regents in Topeka, Haskell Indian Nations University (the sole four-year university run by the federal Bureau of Indian Education, attended by tribe members from across the United States) in Lawrence, plus highlights from the KU Medical Center and KU Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

For KU news, find all the Journal-World's recent stories at, check out my Heard on the Hill blog, and follow @LJW_KU on Twitter. Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.

Previously, I was a crime and courts reporter for The Kansas City Star, where I covered untimely death or destruction most every day for a few years, everything from quadruple homicides to massive chemical fires. I’ve also covered suburban city government and schools for The Star and The Shawnee Dispatch, a weekly paper just up the road. My first beat at the Journal-World was features, covering food, arts and entertainment.

I'm originally from Emporia, but my family goes way back in Lawrence and at KU. I had ancestors living here when William Quantrill sacked the town in 1863 (they survived the massacre, probably thanks to being politically insignificant German immigrants). I’m also a fourth-generation KU grad, led by my great grandfather, who got his undergraduate and law degrees from KU. I majored in journalism, art history and French, and in case any of you fellow KU journos were wondering, my reporting beat on The University Daily Kansan was campus police. I'm occasionally asked whether covering the KU beat means I get in free to basketball games. It does not. My most covet-worthy power as KU reporter is a campus parking pass.

To reach me, call 785-832-7187 or send email to

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The Haskell Arch, dedicated in 1926, is adorned for its 90th anniversary and in advance of Haskell Indian Nations University graduation weekend, Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Shawn Alexander, Kansas University associate professor of African and African-American Studies and director of KU’s Langston Hughes Center (left), Bill Tuttle, professor emeritus of American Studies, and Bernadette Gray-Little, chancellor, cut the ribbon during a ceremony to unveil a Strong Hall sit-in marker on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The marker, highlighting a student civil rights protest of March 8, 1965, is to be hung outside the chancellor's suite on the second floor of Strong Hall.

Watson Library, 1425 Jayhawk Blvd. on the Kansas University campus.

Stauffer-Flint Hall, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd. on the Kansas University campus.

Twente Hall, home to the School of Social Welfare, 1545 Lilac Lane on the Kansas University campus.

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