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.
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 email@example.com.
- Haskell backpedals on statement; Office of Inspector General investigation of nepotism complaint is ongoing
- Bureau of Indian Education human resources investigation, however, found no wrongdoing
- October 20, 2016
- Haskell Indian Nations University has released a new statement clearing up some discrepancy about an investigation into alleged nepotism at the school. While a federal human resources investigation into the nepotism complaint has concluded, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Office of Inspector General continues.
- Armed robbery reported overnight in North Lawrence
- 11:56 a.m., October 19, 2016 Updated 02:25 p.m.
- Lawrence police are investigating a report of an armed robbery overnight in North Lawrence.
- ‘Debating the Donald’: KU debate pro, author talks about what to watch for in final presidential debate
- October 18, 2016
- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has proven a nimble opponent for those hoping to tackle him in a debate — they can watch all the game footage they want, but Trump doesn’t always repeat plays. That’s the gist of a Trump trait that has “tripped-up” Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in past debates and may again during the final presidential debate Wednesday night, says Brett Bricker of the University of Kansas, who wrote a chapter in the newly published book, “Debating the Donald.”
- Haskell says investigation has found nepotism complaint unsubstantiated; federal agency has not released formal findings
- 12:24 p.m., October 18, 2016 Updated 03:52 p.m.
- A federal investigation into alleged nepotism at Haskell Indian Nations University found the complaint to be unsubstantiated, though some changes in supervisory duties have been made, Haskell administration announced Tuesday. However, a spokeswoman for the investigating federal agency said the office has yet to issue formal findings.
- Banner fund drive takes edge off budget cut for Kansas Public Radio
- October 17, 2016
- Kansas Public Radio just wrapped up what the station is describing as its most successful fall fund drive to date — though not successful enough to nullify a $100,000 budget cut.
- With a $12 million utility bill, KU efforts to conserve energy starting to pay off
- October 17, 2016
- KU reduced energy use enough over the past year to meet — and exceed — its overall energy consumption goal, according to the university’s most recent campuswide energy report.
- KU’s Spencer Museum of Art reopens Saturday after long hiatus
- October 14, 2016
- Been missing the Spencer Museum of Art? Miss no longer. After being closed a year and a half for an $8 million renovation, the museum reopens to the public on Saturday.
- Breaking down results of KU’s new admission standards
- KU used special committees to review 6 percent of applications, offer admission to hundreds of minority students
- October 13, 2016
- Starting this semester, the University of Kansas used a committee review process to consider applications of freshmen who didn’t meet KU’s new and tougher automatic admission standards. Committee-reviewed applications ended up being a small slice — roughly 6 percent — of total freshmen who applied and ultimately enrolled, data requested by the Journal-World shows. Data also shows that hundreds of underrepresented minorities were given the chance to attend KU via the new committee process.
- KU police: Scammers bilked two students who thought they were buying cars out of $8,500 in iTunes gift cards
- October 12, 2016
- Two University of Kansas students are out thousands of dollars after falling prey to an online scam in which someone promised them vehicles in exchange for iTunes gift cards.
- KU seeks to require holsters, other safety measures for guns on campus
- University submitted draft weapons policy to Regents this week
- October 11, 2016
- Anyone carrying a concealed handgun into a building at the University of Kansas must have the firearm in a holster with the safety on, according to a draft weapons policy KU submitted this week to the Kansas Board of Regents.