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.
- KU’s $78.5 million EEEC designed to foster modern geology, petroleum engineering study
- New building is slated for completion later this year
- January 15, 2017
- The outside of the new building going up at 15th Street and Naismith Drive on the University of Kansas campus will yield clues about what field of study is happening inside.
- ‘Help. Please Help!’ KU’s Dole Institute creating exhibition about Vietnam War POW/MIA wives turned activists
- January 14, 2017
- In the early years of the Vietnam War, wives of men missing in action or taken as prisoners were terrified to speak out about their husbands’ plights, according to historian Heath Hardage Lee. “The military ordered the POW/MIA wives and their families to adhere to a ‘Keep Quiet’ policy,” Lee said. “At the start of the Vietnam conflict, the wives were informed that if they talked about their husbands’ capture, it might negatively affect the men’s treatment in prison and hurt their chances of returning home.” A grassroots organization that helped turn that around is the focus of an upcoming exhibition being created by the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.
- KU alumna’s $100,000 estate gift will help nursing, art and the Dole Institute
- January 11, 2017
- An estate gift from the late University of Kansas alumna Marynell Reece will boost three areas of KU she had ties to: nursing, art and politics.
- At open forum, KU community members share desired traits of their next chancellor
- January 10, 2017
- University of Kansas students, faculty and staff opened up Tuesday about what they’d like to see in their next leader. A picture emerged of a person who is not afraid to tackle some of the university’s most unflattering problems head-on.
- Barack Obama’s 12 most memorable speeches; KU expert discusses outgoing president’s rhetorical legacy
- January 9, 2017
- University of Kansas professor of communication studies Robert “Robin” Rowland has had his eye — or rather his ear — on President Barack Obama since 2004. “We get somebody with Obama’s set of rhetorical skills about once a generation,” Rowland said. “President Obama is a skillful deliverer of a speech, but what makes him stand out is what he has to say.”
- Rush? Repeated graffiti on KU campus has police scratching their heads
- January 8, 2017
- What’s the rush? University of Kansas police wish they knew. All semester someone has been marring blank surfaces on the KU campus, plus some in nearby neighborhoods, by painting the word “rush” in various colors.
- KU police investigating reported sexual battery at Oliver Hall
- January 6, 2017
- University of Kansas police are investigating a sex crime that reportedly occurred in September in a campus residence hall and was reported to law enforcement this week.
- KU alumnus’ startup making inroads in sports tech industry
- January 5, 2017
- A year ago Austin Barone was catching his breath after a 21-hour semester, his last at the University of Kansas. Heading into this year’s industry sales season — Barone leaves Friday for the American Football Coaches Association convention — Just Play Sports Solutions has clients nationwide from high school to at least one pro team, a board of directors with semi-celebrity names, and an optimistic outlook.
- Mumps case confirmed in KU student; nine other cases suspected
- January 4, 2017
- Mumps has reached the University of Kansas. Health officials have confirmed one case in a KU student and investigated nine other students with mumps-like symptoms since mid-December.