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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.
- KU researchers discover new lizard species for sale on Manila’s black market
- January 25, 2015
- Kansas University’s resident reptile expert and fellow researchers routinely trudge through rainforests overturning leaves and combing streambeds to find live specimens. But that’s not where Rafe Brown and his team first encountered two previously unknown species of water monitor lizard. Instead, their first glimpse of the reptiles was at pet shops in the Philippines — where they say the country’s rampant black market trade in exotic animals threatens its ecosystem. By Sara Shepherd
- Sexual violence and related complaints doubled at KU in 2014
- 03:25 p.m., January 23, 2015 Updated 10:29 p.m.
- Kansas University’s Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access received almost twice as many complaints in 2014 than the previous year, and more than two-thirds of the new cases relate to Title IX. During a presentation Friday to KU’s Sexual Assault Task Force, IOA executive director Jane McQueeny said her office received 85 complaints in 2013 and 169 complaints in 2014. By Sara Shepherd
- Obama at KU: Some university community members came for the issues, others for the show
- 07:10 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:12 p.m.
- To be sure, President Barack Obama’s star power was the driving force behind many Kansas University community members who flocked to see him speak Thursday on campus. But plenty of students, administrators and professors were there for the issues, too.
- Reporter’s notebook: Obama’s day in Lawrence
- 04:58 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
- A lot of people at Kansas University did a lot of work in a very little amount of time to prepare for President Barack Obama’s visit to the university on Thursday.
- Why were ticket holders turned away from Obama’s speech at KU? President was in the building
- 04:01 p.m., January 22, 2015 Updated 10:17 p.m.
- Dozens of people who had tickets to President Barack Obama’s speech Thursday at Kansas University were turned away at the door, starting about an hour before Obama took the podium. The facility wasn’t over capacity, organizers say. Rather, the day’s schedule fluctuates to accommodate the President’s movements, and at that time the President was in the building.
- President Obama arrives in Lawrence for speech at KU on Thursday
- January 21, 2015
- President Barack Obama arrived in Lawrence on Wednesday night in advance of a speech he will deliver on the Kansas University campus Thursday.
- Select KU, Haskell students get word they’ll have preferred seating at Obama event
- 04:06 p.m., January 21, 2015 Updated 10:27 p.m.
- Securing a ticket just to be in the same — giant — room with President Barack Obama had thousands of Kansas University students giddy on Tuesday. Imagine the excitement of a select number getting a special spot. “I couldn’t even breathe,” junior Ramiro Sarmiento said of receiving a message he was selected to stand in a group behind Obama when he delivers remarks at KU. “I can’t wait. I saw the State of the Union yesterday and got really excited … for everything that’s to come in the future.”
- Thousands in Lawrence brave lines for ‘golden ticket’ to Obama’s speech
- 11:28 a.m., January 20, 2015 Updated 10:25 p.m.
- For admission to what several described as a once-in-a-lifetime experience, thousands of Kansas University students got up early and stood in line a long time. “He’s the president,” said law student Brian Vanorsby, who arrived at 4 a.m. and was second in line. “I can say I was in the same room as him — a big room, but the same nonetheless.” Free-but-limited tickets to President Barack Obama’s speech at KU, set for Thursday morning at Anschutz Sports Pavilion, were made available starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday. By Sara Shepherd
- President Obama to speak Thursday morning at KU; tickets available Tuesday
- 11:48 a.m., January 19, 2015 Updated 11:01 p.m.
- President Barack Obama’s visit to Kansas University will be highlighted by public remarks Thursday at Anschutz Sports Pavilion, the White House announced Monday.
- KU cites $3.9M for law enforcement training center as a top legislative priority
- January 17, 2015
- Kansas University hopes the Legislature will find another $3.9 million a year to offset lower-than-projected revenue for the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, which the university runs in western Kansas as part of its continuing education program. With the state facing a massive budget shortfall this year, that’s a tall order. But KU and center leaders say not getting the money could put the center at risk for defaulting on bond payments and force “catastrophic program and personnel cuts.” By Sara Shepherd