Sara Shepherd (KU reporter)

As the Journal-World's Kansas University reporter, I cover all things newsworthy coming out of KU, with an emphasis on the school's 25,000-student main campus here in Lawrence. I tweet KU news @LJW_KU.

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.

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The lilac bushes are all gone from KU's Lilac Lane. In this picture, taken Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, behind Fraser Hall, there is only dirt where the lilacs once were.

Books of and about black literature and poetry fill a table in the meeting room for the Black Poetry after the Black Arts Movement Institute at KU. The two-week summer institute brought black poetry scholars from across the country together, including poet Kevin Young and others whose books are pictured.

Maryemma Graham, distinguished professor of English at KU and founder of the Project on the History of Black Writing, at the 2015 Black Poetry After the Black Arts Movement Institute.

Alcove A in the Kansas Union is located on level 3, also home to The Market cafeteria and dining area.

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