Sara Shepherd (Reporter)
I’m the Journal-World’s enterprise reporter, tasked with finding interesting stories that reflect the Lawrence and Douglas County communities. My beat includes daily news articles and more in-depth projects on a variety of subjects.
I also write about the Lawrence restaurant scene — where everything from garden-fresh craft cocktails to exotic Asian hotpots to bacon cheeseburgers slathered with peanut butter can all be yours (to actually eat, or just read about if you’d rather). Check out my blog, Wined & Dined, and weekly food spotlight, Off the Beaten Plate, on Lawrence.com.
Previously, I was a cops and courts reporter for The Kansas City Star, where I covered untimely death or destruction of some kind most every day for a few years. 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, entertainment and lifestyle.
I’m a fourth-generation graduate of Kansas University, where I majored in journalism, art history and French. To reach me, call 785-832-7187 or send email to email@example.com. Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.
- ‘Scruffy’ Lawrence rescue dog represents state in national project
- March 10, 2014
- Really scruffy looking. Pretty adorable. A little emotional baggage. Age unknown. Likes to hang out in the laundry basket. That’s Lawrence resident Jenna Lyons’ dog, Tilly, representing Kansas in a Purina-sponsored documentary project called “Why We Rescue.” By Sara Shepherd
- Ninth Street corridor proposal is finalist for national arts grant
- March 10, 2014
- The Lawrence Arts Center is, for the second year, a finalist for a major national grant that would fund a so-called creative placemaking project in Lawrence. The Arts Center announced Monday that its $500,000 proposal — “Free State Connection: The 9th Street Corridor Project” — was among 97 finalists for this year’s ArtPlace America grants. By Sara Shepherd
- The Tonganoxie Split: Myth lacks scientific backing but remains intriguing mystery
- March 8, 2014
- If many people ever truly believed in the Tonganoxie Split, it’s a good bet that number dropped on May 11, 2000. That’s when — instead of being waylaid by any natural terrain or old Indian curses — a tornado twisted through the little Leavenworth County town, causing $2.1 million in damage to more than 200 homes. Anymore, the Split is generally accepted as folklore instead of a weather phenomenon. By Sara Shepherd
- International military officers take in culture, talk issues at KU
- March 7, 2014
- The world seemed suddenly small Friday inside a cozy conference room in Wescoe Hall. Military officers from eight European countries and Canada conversed candidly with a few students and a professor about everything from cybersecurity to women in their respective militaries. Elsewhere around Kansas University, officers from more than 30 other countries worldwide, also grouped by continent, were doing the same thing. By Sara Shepherd
- Eudora mourns loss of father, son killed in weekend crash
- March 3, 2014
- An already small community basketball team was planning to play two short Monday night, after a father and son on the team were killed in a weekend crash. By Sara Shepherd
- Full-day kindergarten not all fun and games
- Lawrence currently funds at all schools but hopes state will add to budget
- March 1, 2014
- Isn’t a full day of school exhausting for a bunch of 5-year-olds? You bet, says their likewise exhausted kindergarten teacher Lauren Mitchell. She and her class are winding down a busy seven hours staying engaged and focused on a long list of lessons and activities — none of which, incidentally, is nap time. As the Kansas Legislature considers Gov. Sam Brownback’s proposal to fund full-day kindergarten statewide, Lawrence is in its second year of offering the program at every district elementary school at no extra cost to parents. By Sara Shepherd
- Outside Lawrence, discrimination based on sexual orientation already legal in Kansas
- February 27, 2014
- Kansas has attracted an onslaught of national criticism over a proposed bill that media often have summarized as allowing discrimination against gays. Lost in the fray has been the status quo: Kansans don’t need this law to legally discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation, legal experts say. With few exceptions — namely, Lawrence — they already can. By Sara Shepherd
- Off the Beaten Plate: Venison tartare at Pachamama’s
- February 27, 2014
- Eating raw deer meat from a stone slab feels more chic than caveman-ish with this appetizer.
- KU basketball snowbird picks ‘Hawks over heatwaves
- February 24, 2014
- Retiree Rosalie Gerstner doesn’t head south to escape the blustery Western Kansas winter. She heads east — for Allen Fieldhouse. By Sara Shepherd
- History alone not enough to sustain two AME churches
- Merged congregation counts on youth, universal message for strong future
- February 22, 2014
- In the late 1800s tiny Lawrence was home to two thriving AME churches whose congregations, at times throughout the years, numbered in the hundreds. After membership dwindled, St. James in North Lawrence closed and merged with St. Luke in East Lawrence, where a small but lively congregation now looks to ensure it’s solidifying the church’s future. By Sara Shepherd