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.
- New KU courses being offered in Leavenworth have military in mind
- July 17, 2016
- Kansas University has its eye on military personnel for a menu of new courses to be taught in Leavenworth starting this fall.
- KU Crime Blotter: June 27 through July 10
- July 11, 2016
- The following incidents were reported to the Kansas University Office of Public Safety between Monday, June 27, and Sunday, July 10. Incidents are listed by the dates they were reported.
- 100-gigabit internet now up and running at KU
- July 10, 2016
- One-hundred-gigabit internet — yes, 100 times faster than the 1-gigabit internet area residents are clamoring for these days — is now up and running on the Kansas University campus.
- KU says ‘vague’ lawsuit by second rower alleging sexual assault should be dismissed
- In court filing, university attorneys say KU is not liable under Title IX
- July 8, 2016
- Kansas University on Friday asked a federal court to dismiss a second Title IX lawsuit, filed against the university by a former rower who said a football player sexually assaulted her in campus housing.
- KU nets $11 million grant to create infectious disease research center
- July 7, 2016
- An $11 million federal grant will boost the study of antibiotic resistant bacteria and infectious diseases in Kansas, by establishing a new center at Kansas University.
- Notable KU alumna Marynell Reece dies at 96, instilled in daughters that ‘opportunities were limitless’
- July 5, 2016
- Marynell Reece not only embraced her time at Kansas University, where she graduated in 1942, but she would later send her four daughters to KU and encourage them to do the same. “She was way ahead of her time in terms of thinking that women should take advantage of every opportunity, that the opportunities were limitless,” daughter Deanell Reece Tacha said.
- Century-old KU student scrapbooks pose preservation conundrum
- Odd 3-D objects, brittle paper clippings among challenges of library project
- July 4, 2016
- The 100-year-old cracker, glued inside a World War I-era Kansas University student’s scrapbook, poses one of the more puzzling conservation challenges that Noah Smutz is dealing with this summer.
- Come one, come all: KU Student Alumni Association to include all undergrads by 2019
- KU Alumni Association, KU Endowment will buy memberships for all incoming freshmen
- July 4, 2016
- The Kansas University Alumni Association has a plan for rocketing KU Student Alumni Association membership up to around 19,000: buy four-year memberships for all incoming freshmen. By getting more Jayhawks involved as students, the Alumni Association hopes to provide them an opportunity to plug in and also, ultimately, to strengthen KU’s alumni network for the long haul.
- KPR adds new FM frequency featuring exclusively on news and talk programs
- Classical and jazz music-heavy 91.5 FM won’t change
- July 1, 2016
- KPR launched a new frequency from its Lawrence transmitter — KPR2 at 96.1 FM — that broadcasts only news and talk radio shows, all day.
- KU and student newspaper resolve lawsuit over paper’s funding
- Suit was dismissed Monday
- June 28, 2016
- The Kansas University student-run newspaper’s lawsuit against school administrators has been dismissed, after the two sides reached a resolution. Both parties stated that the case had been resolved “to their satisfaction” and agreed to dismiss it, according to a document filed Monday in federal court.