Sara Shepherd (Enterprise reporter)

I’m the Journal-World’s enterprise reporter, tasked with finding interesting stories that reflect the Lawrence and Douglas County communities. My beat includes daily news articles and more in-depth projects on a variety of subjects.

I also write about the Lawrence restaurant scene — where everything from garden-fresh craft cocktails to exotic Asian hotpots to bacon cheeseburgers slathered with peanut butter can all be yours (to actually eat, or just read about if you’d rather). Check out my blog, Wined & Dined, and weekly food spotlight, Off the Beaten Plate, on

Previously, I was a cops and courts reporter for The Kansas City Star, where I covered untimely death or destruction of some kind most every day for a few years. 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, entertainment and lifestyle.

I’m a fourth-generation graduate of Kansas University, where I majored in journalism, art history and French. To reach me, call 785-832-7187 or send email to Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.

Recent stories

New trial date for man accused in crash that cost student his legs
August 19, 2014
A new trial date has been set for a man charged in connection with a wreck that caused a Kansas University student to lose his legs.
Filmmaker seeks ‘Lessons from Exes’ for upcoming project
August 19, 2014
Set aside the emotional baggage and once-shared cat. Did any of your exes leave you with practical advice you still use? An area artist is seeking those stories for a film project. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence schools: Five cool clubs
August 18, 2014
Growing tomatoes, painting murals or running miles on end. When it comes to the Lawrence school district’s many clubs, it matters less what students are doing and more that they’re doing it as a group. Here are five active clubs, from elementary to high school, gardening to art. By Sara Shepherd
Bicyclist killed Wednesday known for steady wheel, safe riding
05:28 p.m., August 14, 2014 Updated 09:40 p.m.
The Lawrence bicycling community lost a man many called its “metronome” this week. Cal Melick, 66, who was killed Wednesday while cycling southwest of Lawrence, had been a fixture on area roads for more than 40 years. Fellow cyclists said Melick rode every day, racked up thousands of miles per year, and was known as the guy you wanted leading your pack. By Sara Shepherd
Off the Beaten Plate: Grilled octopus at Genovese
August 14, 2014
This antipasti dish at Genovese has a few tentacles and suction cups.
Lawrence native is one of few black pilots in rare World War II aircraft
P-51C Mustang pays tribute to Tuskegee Airmen
August 11, 2014
A rare World War II aircraft stopped in Lawrence Monday, with an even more rare sight in the cockpit. Lawrence native Bill Shepard is one of only two black men in the country currently piloting P-51 Mustang airplanes, he said. He’s a volunteer pilot for the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron — an organization aimed at sharing the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the black pilots most famous for their success flying Mustangs in WWII. By Sara Shepherd
Lawrence announces hiring of arts and culture director
12:26 p.m., August 11, 2014 Updated 04:27 p.m.
A woman currently serving as a public art coordinator for Denver has been hired as Lawrence’s first arts and culture director, the city announced today. Christina McClelland is scheduled to begin her new job here on Sept. 29.
Sex assault persists in KU student culture despite organized administrative efforts
August 9, 2014
Kansas University’s administrative procedures addressing sexual violence appear to exceed federal requirements. Yet alcohol-fueled assault among students persists largely outside their reach. According to a confidential campus survey, 11 percent of students have been victims of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, while at KU. Officials say assaults that are reported overwhelmingly involve men raping women who are drunk.
Kansas wine: You needn’t go far to taste state’s unique terroir
August 6, 2014
The first rule about trying Kansas wine? Be open-minded to trying Kansas wine. “Get the California out of your mind,” said Lori Henderson, who along with her husband owns the newly opened Crooked Post Winery in Ozawkie. “Put all preconceived notions out of your head about what wines are supposed to taste like.” By Sara Shepherd
6 next-generation food icons, plus ghosts of Lawrence food wonders past
August 6, 2014
In the years it takes food icons to build their fame, countless other menu items will be 86’ed for good. But every icon has to start somewhere, right? Rookie food players, this week’s list is for you.

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Recent photos

Grilled octopus antipasti at Genovese, 941 Massachusetts St.

Hakata Tonkotsu Shoyu Ramen, with pork belly, at Ramen Bowls

Bahn Mizza at Limestone Pizza Kitchen + Bar

Bahn Mizza at Limestone Pizza Kitchen + Bar

Rock Chocolate Jayhawk ice cream on a waffle cone from Sylas and Maddy's.

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