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 email@example.com.
- KU freshman enrollment goes up for fifth straight year
- University officials tout academic achievement, diversity of freshman class
- 03:29 p.m., September 26, 2016 Updated 06:01 p.m.
- Freshman enrollment at the University of Kansas went up this year, the fifth straight fall KU has seen the size of its freshman class increase, according to numbers released today by KU.
- Search process for high-profile KU chancellor job expected to be secretive
- Closed presidential searches have sparked debate at universities nationwide
- September 25, 2016
- By the time University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little leaves the office next summer, her successor probably already will have been selected. But even with roughly nine months between now and then to complete a search, KU community members and the public probably won’t learn anything about candidates vying to become the university’s next leader. Instead, they’ll be told only who the ultimate selection is, after that person has been hired — an increasingly common practice not everyone in academia, or at KU, supports.
- Upcoming events invite public to interact with Haskell students, campus
- September 23, 2016
- What have you always wanted to know about Haskell Indian Nations University or American Indians but were afraid to ask? An upcoming event aims to help interested community members get to know Haskell and some of its students.
- Conference at Haskell explores how climate change affects American Indians
- September 22, 2016
- Indigenous scholars and stakeholders from across the United States are convened at Haskell Indian Nations University this week for a conference on climate change. “Climate Changed: Reflections on Our Past, Present and Future Situation” is the title of the gathering of the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Working Group, which was established 10 years ago at Haskell.
- KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little to step down in summer 2017
- 02:11 p.m., September 22, 2016 Updated 06:41 p.m.
- University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little will step down from the job next summer, she and the university announced Thursday.
- Faith-based advocacy group mounts statewide campaign against campus carry
- September 22, 2016
- A faith-based group is mobilizing in hopes of overturning the Kansas law that will allow campus carry of concealed weapons beginning next summer.
- 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.