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: Fraternity to stay suspended while ‘complicated’ sexual assault investigation continues
October 31, 2014
The inquiry into allegations of sexual assault at Kappa Sigma fraternity is complicated and may take longer than the typical 60-day window to investigate, Kansas University officials said Friday. Kappa Sigma waived its latest hearing and agreed to remain suspended until KU’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access has completed its investigation. By Sara Shepherd
New Fort Hays State president says school is step to ‘American dream’
October 29, 2014
Fort Hays State University’s new president hopes increasing global partnerships will boost the university academically and financially. Mirta Martin — an immigrant who describes her own experience as the American dream — became president of Fort Hays State University in July, following the retirement of 28-year president Ed Hammond.
KU launches student-run strategic communications agency
October 27, 2014
News and Information majors in Kansas University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications have practiced their crafts for years at a working student newspaper, radio station and TV station. Now Strategic Communication majors have a similar opportunity for real-world experience in The Agency, a student-run strategic communications business. By Sara Shepherd
Longtime pediatrician remembered for helping kids, community
October 27, 2014
Mary Loveland knows it’s an invented word but said it’s the best way to describe her late husband, Chuck: “He was the goodest man I ever knew.” Chuck Loveland, a longtime Lawrence pediatrician who donated his time to many professional and community organizations, died Friday at Lawrence Memorial Hospital from complications of a cardiac condition. By Sara Shepherd
Trees lost outpace trees planted at KU; effort aims to bridge gap
October 24, 2014
A Chinese proverb on the Replant Mount Oread website says: “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” When it comes to trees, Kansas University is playing catch-up. By Sara Shepherd
Man charged with Hashinger Hall rape remains enrolled at KU
01:08 p.m., October 22, 2014 Updated 04:42 p.m.
A Kansas University student who is free on bond after being charged with rape at a residence hall remains enrolled at KU. University officials confirmed the man’s student status this week, adding that his residence is not a campus address. They would not say whether KU had taken any disciplinary action against him. By Sara Shepherd
40-year volunteer one of 54 honored by KU Audio-Reader
October 20, 2014
The Kansas Audio-Reader Network honored its second longest-serving volunteer, along with many others, Thursday during the organization’s annual banquet. Chuck Fisher was honored for 40 years as an Audio-Reader volunteer. By Sara Shepherd
85-year-old professor accused of sexual harassment battling KU and its policies in court
October 19, 2014
Three and a half years after a student accused him of groping her during a study session, a longtime Kansas University professor is still fighting KU in court. By Sara Shepherd
New Marvin Hall addition inspires architects-in-training, opens for first lecture
October 17, 2014
After years of architecture lecture classes all across campus, Stephen McEnery was happy to sit in an inspiring space Friday, when the Forum at Marvin Hall hosted its first lecture. “We’ve had lectures in other, dungeon-like spaces,” said McEnery, an architecture student. “It’s exciting to be in a lecture somewhere that reminds me why I’m studying architecture.” By Sara Shepherd
Ukrainian family in limbo in Lawrence, asylum case pending
October 16, 2014
Iryna Yeromenko and her family are staying with a friend in Lawrence, not legally allowed to work and earn money, and unsure of their future. The situation is not ideal, she said, but she’s afraid of returning home to Ukraine. “We came here thinking that by the time the summer’s over … everything will settle down,” said Yeromenko, who has applied for political asylum for herself, her husband and their son. “But it just got even worse.” By Sara Shepherd

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Recent photos

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

Hashbrown Omelet at Haskell Avenue Cafe, 1910 Haskell Ave.

Woo Burger at West Coast Saloon, 2222 Iowa St.

Woo Burger at West Coast Saloon, 2222 Iowa St.

Mac N’ Cheese Omelet at Ladybird Diner, 721 Massachusetts St.

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