Sara Shepherd (Enterprise 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.

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 Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.

Recent stories

KU puts fraternity on probation for sexual misconduct as investigations into multiple alleged perpetrators, victims continue
December 17, 2014
Kansas University placed a fraternity on probation for two years, saying it violated the KU code by engaging in sexual misconduct. The action, announced Wednesday, caps KU’s current investigation of Kappa Sigma as an organization. But the university and police continue to investigate multiple individuals thought to have victimized multiple women. By Sara Shepherd
KU prof accepts job as dean of law at University of Tennessee
December 15, 2014
Melanie Wilson of the Kansas University School of Law will be the next dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law.
KU liberal arts dean named next president of Trinity University
December 15, 2014
Danny Anderson, dean of Kansas University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is leaving KU to become president of Trinity University in San Antonio. Anderson earned a doctorate in Spanish from KU in 1985 and has worked at KU as a teacher and an administrator for 26 years. By Sara Shepherd
After exceeding $1.2 billion fundraising goal, KU’s Far Above campaign aims farther
December 14, 2014
With the historic gift announced last week, Kansas University Endowment exceeded its Far Above fundraising campaign goal of $1.2 billion two years ahead of schedule. But the largest and longest-running campaign ever conducted on behalf of KU will not end with that, leaders say. By Sara Shepherd
Key administrator in sex assault, hazing investigations no longer at KU
December 12, 2014
Kansas University’s first director of Student Conduct and Community Standards has left KU for a leadership position at another large university. Nick Kehrwald is now associate dean of students at the University of Kentucky. By Sara Shepherd
Fraternity accused of sexual assault to remain on interim suspension as KU continues investigation
December 10, 2014
Kappa Sigma will remain on interim suspension longer yet, after Kansas University and fraternity leaders agreed to extend the disciplinary measure while KU continues its investigation into allegations of sexual assault at the chapter house. By Sara Shepherd
Social media campaign criticizes KU support for students of color
02:52 p.m., December 8, 2014 Updated 03:16 p.m.
Disappointment over the Ferguson decision morphed into a social media campaign in which Kansas University students voiced opinions that the school is failing people of color. By Sara Shepherd
TV options abound for cord-cutters, old-school and newfangled alike
09:52 p.m., December 7, 2014 Updated 09:23 a.m.
If you’re a serious sports watcher, awards-show junkie or don’t like the idea of life without live-tweeting The Bachelor, probably nothing but cable and satellite TV subscriptions will do. But cord-cutters are relying on an ever-increasing array of products and services to keep their TV screens flickering. Here’s a roundup of some of the most popular: By Sara Shepherd
Task force says KU code should clarify that school can discipline students for off-campus sex assaults
December 5, 2014
Kansas University’s Sexual Assault Task Force is recommending KU make crystal clear that the university can discipline students for sexual misconduct no matter how far from campus it occurred. By Sara Shepherd
Under scrutiny for Koch connection, KU director sues over records; judge blocks release
03:28 p.m., December 4, 2014 Updated 07:16 p.m.
Lecturer Art Hall sued Kansas University Thursday to block the school from releasing records to a student group looking into his ties to Koch Industries. A short time later, Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild issued an order temporarily blocking the release of those documents. By Sara Shepherd

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Recent photos

Schooners at Louise's Downtown

Shannon Feldt, left, and Susan McSpadden of Merriam fill out their marriage license application Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at the Douglas County Courthouse. The couple received a license and planned to wed later Thursday in Kansas City, where they had arranged for the same minister that performed their commitment ceremony two years ago to officiate, this time for a legal union.

A revised Douglas County marriage application shows "Party A" and "Party B" in place of the traditional male and female labels, after a United States Supreme Court ruling cleared the way for same-sex marriage in Kansas.

The DaVinci Cibo at Cibo Sano Italian Grille, 4821 W. Sixth St.

Hashbrown Omelet at Haskell Avenue Cafe, 1910 Haskell Ave.

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