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.
- Study puts price tag on Haskell facility needs: more than $100 million
- May 5, 2016
- To get its aging facilities where they need to be, Haskell Indian Nations University needs between $111 million and $123 million, a new report says.
- First-generation college grad is Haskell Student of the Year
- Lolita Ceja will speak Friday at Haskell’s commencement ceremony
- May 5, 2016
- In some ways, a college degree is just a piece of paper. In other ways, it’s an access pass. Lolita Ceja’s path to receiving hers — a somewhat zig-zagging path — started with a goal of getting that paper and became what she hopes will be a stepping stone to bigger things.
- KU architecture class unveils new sustainable house in East Lawrence
- Studio 804 students plan open house Saturday at 1200 Pennsylvania St.
- May 3, 2016
- Cedar siding milled from old railroad trestles and countertops made of marble from a 1930 Kansas City office building serve two functions in the new Studio 804 house. The repurposed materials look unique, and they support the house’s mission of sustainability.
- KU Crime Blotter: Week of April 25 through May 1
- May 2, 2016
- The following incidents were reported to the Kansas University Office of Public Safety between Monday, April 25, and Sunday, May 1. Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported.
- The beetle hunter: KU entomologist on quest to identify insects of Peru
- She’s also researched poison arrow beetles used by generations of Namibian bushmen
- May 2, 2016
- Caroline Chaboo, an entomologist, is an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Kansas University and a curator for KU’s Museum of Natural History. More specifically, she’s a beetle hunter, on a quest to catalog all the beetles of Peru and get everyday people excited about them, too.
- Task force releases recommendations for improving diversity, inclusion at KU
- 11:14 a.m., April 29, 2016 Updated 06:09 p.m.
- A work group tasked with suggesting ways to improve diversity and inclusion at Kansas University has released its report, including more than 30 suggestions for change at KU. The report takes aim at the status quo, including the Student Senate, the University Honors Program and current methods for recruiting and developing students, faculty and staff of color from underrepresented racial or other groups.
- Haskell announces 2016 commencement speaker, known for work opposing American Indian sports mascots
- 04:31 p.m., April 27, 2016 Updated 05:33 p.m.
- A Haskell Indian Nations University graduate who prominently took on the name of the Washington, D.C., pro football team will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Haskell commencement.
- KU Crime Blotter: Week of April 18 through April 24
- April 26, 2016
- The following incidents were reported to the Kansas University Office of Public Safety between Monday, April 18, and Sunday, April 24. Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported.
- Provost must bridge constituencies from faculty to Legislature, third candidate for KU post says
- April 25, 2016
- Kansas University’s third candidate for provost addressed a crowd on Monday, saying open communication is key to doing the job right. “Top-down doesn’t work. Bottom-up doesn’t work,” he said. “Something in between the two is where we reach a balance.” Chaden Djalali, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Iowa, was the third and final provost candidate to give a campus presentation this month.
- KU Multicultural Student Government faces complex path to transform from student club into equal governing body
- Group has received funding from current Student Senate, contingent on chancellor’s approval
- April 22, 2016
- Kansas University’s new Multicultural Student Government currently exists as a student club — one tentatively in control of more required student fee money than any other student organization outside the KU Student Senate. The group endeavors, by various accounts, to become a formal governing body on the same level as the existing Student Senate. It appears that may be a long — and, as of yet, unclear — path, complete with processes and approvals required at the student, university and even state Legislature levels.