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 country's sole federally run four-year university, 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.
- Aggrandizing ‘El Chapo’ in song: KU professor studies Mexican ‘narcocorridos’
- February 1, 2016
- It was 2009, and Rafael Acosta was at a party in his native Mexico dancing to a lively traditional corrido, when he realized this corrido wasn’t the old-fashioned kind. “Suddenly I paid attention to the lyrics of what I was dancing to,” said Acosta, an assistant professor of Spanish at Kansas University. “And there was a guy singing, ‘if you are not good for killing, you are good to be killed.’”
- KU-Kentucky basketball tickets sold on eBay to boost good cause
- January 28, 2016
- A pair of Kansas University v. Kentucky basketball tickets being auctioned on eBay for a good cause went for $1,000 this week to a Lawrence businessman.
- KU Student Senate votes not to go forward with impeachment of student body leaders
- January 27, 2016
- The Kansas University Student Senate voted Wednesday night not to move forward with impeachment proceedings against Kansas University Student Body President Jessie Pringle, Vice President Zach George and Chief of Staff Adam Moon.
- KU’s endowment value increases slightly over last year, according to new national study
- 03:13 p.m., January 27, 2016 Updated 04:43 p.m.
- After a large jump the previous year, Kansas University Endowment’s market value increased only slightly from 2014 to 2015, according to new national rankings. Schools nationwide experienced the same trend, according to the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO)-Commonfund Study of Endowments, released Wednesday.
- KU response to newspaper’s records appeal reveals little more about fraternity hazing
- 12:00 a.m., January 27, 2016 Updated 09:02 a.m.
- Kansas University has responded to an open records appeal by the Journal-World, un-redacting a small percentage of text that was blacked out in one of several documents initially provided by the university. All information remains hidden about the nature and severity of hazing behaviors the newspaper sought to learn when requesting the documents.
- $487,000 grant will fund interdisciplinary research at KU’s Spencer Museum of Art
- January 25, 2016
- The Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University received a $487,000 grant to launch an Integrated Arts Research Initiative, KU announced Monday. The new program will enable interdisciplinary research involving art.
- KU Crime Blotter: Week of Jan. 18 through Jan. 24
- January 25, 2016
- The following incidents were reported to the Kansas University Office of Public Safety between Monday, Jan. 18, and Sunday, Jan. 24. Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported.
- Science fiction writer’s penchant for the unexpected appeals to international audiences
- KU’s Kij Johnson expects to publish her next novella this year
- January 25, 2016
- Especially now, in a world where people can get replacement hearts and some cars even drive themselves, there’s a narrow line between fantasy and reality, says Kij Johnson. Johnson likes to waver over it, experiment with the expectations of her genre, and never write the same thing twice.
- Regents report: Kansas universities accept hundreds of students who don’t meet minimum admission standards
- Board members question how new, tougher admission standards may affect future ‘exceptions’
- January 21, 2016
- Kansas state universities accepted a total of 815 freshmen who didn’t meet the schools’ minimum admission requirements last year, according to a new Kansas Board of Regents Report.
- Kansas regents approve new gun policy to comply with state law; university policies to come next
- 05:27 p.m., January 20, 2016 Updated 07:46 p.m.
- The Kansas Board of Regents formally updated its statewide weapons policy Wednesday. Now it’s up to individual state universities to determine exactly what their respective policies governing guns on campuses will say.