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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- KU teacher writes songs in obscure indigenous language, becomes radio celebrity in Nicaragua’s Miskitu coast
- April 30, 2017
- Being a gringa who speaks the arcane indigenous language of Central America’s Miskitu people has opened a number of doors for University of Kansas instructor Laura Herlihy. Herlihy acknowledges, they have been somewhat bizarre doors that led to her becoming a radio celebrity known as “Mairin Blu” along the eastern coast of Nicaragua.
- Second dean of business candidate talks fundraising, faculty support and alumni engagement
- April 28, 2017
- The second candidate for the business dean position at the University of Kansas highlighted faculty support, fundraising and alumni engagement — beyond engaging them for fundraising — in her campus presentation Friday.
- Final dean of social welfare candidate highlights initiatives he’s already begun at KU
- April 26, 2017
- The fourth and final dean of social welfare candidate scheduled to give a campus presentation highlighted a number of initiatives already in progress at the University of Kansas.
- Lecompton man facing child rape charges
- 02:42 p.m., April 26, 2017 Updated 04:59 p.m.
- A Lecompton man has been charged with multiple counts of rape involving children younger than 14.
- Investigators: House fire that killed 95-year-old Lawrence resident was accidental
- 10:11 a.m., April 26, 2017 Updated 05:26 p.m.
- A house fire that killed a woman Tuesday on Wellington Drive began accidentally in the kitchen, fire officials said Wednesday.
- Man faces multiple felony charges in connection with police standoff
- April 25, 2017
- A Lawrence man is facing multiple felony charges in connection with an incident that escalated to a police standoff earlier this month.
- Two sex crimes reported to Lawrence police over weekend
- April 25, 2017
- Two sex crimes were reported to Lawrence police over the weekend.
- Woman dies after early-morning house fire in Lawrence; neighbors attempt rescue
- 09:46 a.m., April 25, 2017 Updated 05:47 p.m.
- A woman died Tuesday in an early-morning house fire in central Lawrence.
- Third social welfare dean candidate says KU must work to translate research into policy
- April 25, 2017
- The third candidate for dean of the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare emphasized the importance of “social progress powered by science,” a phrase coined by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, during a campus visit on Monday.