Sara Shepherd (KU reporter)
As the Journal-World's Kansas University reporter, I cover all things newsworthy coming out of KU, with an emphasis on the school's 25,000-student main campus here in Lawrence. I tweet KU news @LJW_KU.
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 email@example.com. Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.
- Award-winning TV journalist reminds during talk at KU, ‘Wisdom doesn’t always wear a suit’
- 09:11 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:44 p.m.
- The people with money and power may appear to make the world go ’round, especially the way they’re reflected in the media. Not so, says Bob Dotson. Instead, take a look at the people standing behind them, or even completely out of view. Dotson, an NBC News Correspondent who carved his journalism career out of those people’s stories, gave the William Allen White Day public lecture Thursday at Kansas University, where he also accepted this year’s William Allen White Foundation National Citation. By Sara Shepherd
- Big Event organizers learn from last-minute cancellation: Plan ahead for rain
- 12:30 p.m., April 23, 2015 Updated 10:45 p.m.
- The 4,000 or so pairs of unused work gloves will keep until next year, at least. But the time that went into planning this year’s Big Event at Kansas University, the thousands of volunteers at the ready and hundreds of property owners who were counting on their help won’t. Organizers say their top suggestion for the leaders of next year’s Big Event will be to build in a big contingency plan. By Sara Shepherd
- KU crime report: Drug offenses jump 65 percent; overall crime up 26 percent
- 09:23 a.m., April 22, 2015 Updated 10:46 p.m.
- Drug offenses went up 65 percent last year at Kansas University, according to annual crime statistics the university released Wednesday.
- Student’s motion in Hall v. KU case trumpets ‘academic transparency’
- 01:06 p.m., April 21, 2015 Updated 10:21 p.m.
- The Kansas University student trying to obtain a business teacher’s emails has submitted a formal motion in the lawsuit over her records request, urging the court to let her have the documents. “The academic question is whether Plaintiff is speaking for himself or promoting an agenda, and possibly profiting, by or for, some outside source,” her motion says. By Sara Shepherd
- Activist remembered for decades of efforts to raise up the downtrodden
- 06:21 p.m., April 20, 2015 Updated 11:10 p.m.
- Caroljean “CJ” Brune was an activist of an older generation, but she wasn’t the kind that stayed stuck in the past. By Sara Shepherd
- Faculty diversity ekes up at KU
- Administrators credit revamped, more extensive hiring protocol
- April 18, 2015
- Kansas University professors are still mostly white, but slightly less white than they were a few years ago. Administrators say it’s a sign that a recently revamped and more exhaustive hiring process is helping KU meet a long-term — and highly challenging — goal of increasing faculty diversity. By Sara Shepherd
- Bad weather forecast prompts cancellation of KU’s Big Event
- 11:54 a.m., April 17, 2015 Updated 10:37 p.m.
- The Kansas University Big Event, scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled because of a bad weather forecast, organizers announced Friday. The annual volunteer event will be canceled altogether — not rescheduled — because, well, it’s too big. By Sara Shepherd
- Regents report: International, out-of-state students bring big money to Kansas, but few stick around
- 03:49 p.m., April 16, 2015 Updated 10:32 p.m.
- International and out-of-state students make a big economic impact on Kansas while they’re enrolled in Board of Regents institutions. However, only about 18 percent stick around post-graduation. After five years, only 9 percent of international students and 13 percent of other out-of-staters are still employed in Kansas. That’s according to a report presented Thursday at the Kansas Board of Regents meeting. By Sara Shepherd
- Tompkins retiring from Board of Regents, successor announced
- 03:50 p.m., April 15, 2015 Updated 10:26 p.m.
- Kansas Board of Regents President and CEO Andy Tompkins publicly announced his retirement Wednesday, after five years leading the board and more than 45 working in public education. Tompkins’ successor will be a man who already has been working closely with Tompkins, Regents vice president for workforce development, Blake Flanders. By Sara Shepherd
- ‘When the Tarahumara Indians Ran’: Ultra-marathon fueled excitement in early days of Kansas Relays
- 06:39 p.m., April 14, 2015 Updated 10:09 p.m.
- When “Born to Run” hit The New York Times best-seller list in 2009, millions of readers discovered for the first time a mysterious indigenous Mexican tribe for whom hundred-mile runs on rugged canyon trails had been a way of life for generations. Little do most know, thousands in Lawrence witnessed the Tarahumara Indians’ endurance-running prowess more than 80 years earlier. By Sara Shepherd