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.
- McCollum Hall’s implosion creates impressive spectacle
- 09:57 a.m., November 25, 2015 Updated 03:14 p.m.
- Crowds gathered around the Kansas University campus to watch the end of McCollum Hall Wednesday morning. And the implosion of KU’s largest building did not disappoint.
- KU athletics director and African Studies prof to co-chair new diversity task force
- November 24, 2015
- Kansas University is creating a task force to advise upcoming diversity efforts, and the university’s top athletics official will lead it along with an African and African-American Studies professor. Incoming interim provost Sara Rosen announced in a message to campus Tuesday the creation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Group.
- Finalists to lead KU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will visit campus next week
- November 24, 2015
- Finalists for the job of director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Kansas University will visit campus next week. KU named the first finalist on Tuesday, with names of the second two expected to be released at least 24 hours prior to their appearances.
- Former President Clinton speaks about political polarization as he accepts Dole prize in Lawrence
- 02:49 p.m., November 23, 2015 Updated 05:18 p.m.
- Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States, spoke at the Lied Center on the KU campus, where he received the 2015 Dole Leadership Prize from the Dole Institute of Politics.
- KU’s McCollum Hall comes down Wednesday in 18 seconds with 750 pounds of explosives
- November 22, 2015
- At 9 a.m. sharp on Wednesday, McCollum Hall’s story will end in dramatic fashion. About 750 pounds of explosives — divided among some 2,000 small holes throughout the building — will detonate. In 18 seconds, the 10-story, three-wing, 220,000-square-foot residence hall will become a pile of rubble. By Sara Shepherd
- KU professor who used n-word in class discussion is placed on leave
- Andrea Quenette has been criticized on social media and now faces formal discrimination complaint
- November 20, 2015
- A Kansas University professor who used the n-word during a class discussion about race is on leave while the university investigates a discrimination complaint against her. The formal complaint follows more than a week of public criticism perpetuated by graduate students in the communications department, much of it online. By Sara Shepherd
- Attempted ouster of KU Student Senate leaders faces lengthy process
- November 20, 2015
- An impeachment committee is forming to investigate grounds for removing Kansas University’s top three Student Senate leaders. It’s the next step in an increasingly lengthy and complicated attempt by some fellow senators to oust from office Student Body President Jessie Pringle, Student Body Vice President Zach George and Senate Chief of Staff Adam Moon, who some fellow senators and students accused of failing to do enough to support black and other marginalized students on campus. By Sara Shepherd
- Q&A with Marlon Marshall, former KU student body VP and now one of Hillary Clinton’s top staffers
- November 19, 2015
- Kansas University grad Marlon Marshall is the highest-ranking black staffer on any presidential campaign. The Journal-World talked to him this week about his career path, his professional aspirations and his thoughts on diversity discussions at KU and other universities nationwide.
- Kansas Regents chair encourages respect, open processes as campuses deal with diversity issues
- November 18, 2015
- The issue of racial tension on university campuses came up during Wednesday’s Kansas Board of Regents meeting, though no action items were on the board’s agenda. Board chairman Shane Bangerter said he supports an environment that allows “people of all faiths, all colors, all nationalities to feel safe and welcome.” By Sara Shepherd
- Regents approve KU’s Central District redevelopment plan, with stipulation
- Funding model is a first for Kansas universities
- November 18, 2015
- Kansas University’s $350 million Central District redevelopment plan and its novel funding mechanism won approval from the Kansas Board of Regents Wednesday, though with some hesitation.