Scott Rothschild (KU reporter)

I cover the state Legislature, government and politics.

I have been a reporter in Kansas since 1998, and prior to that covered news in Texas for various papers and later for The Associated Press.

For two of the past three years, I have been awarded first place in beat reporting from Capitolbeat, an association of Statehouse reporters and editors. I live in Topeka with my wife and two teenage sons.

You can follow me on Twitter, where I try to provide instant updates on news and what's going on in the Statehouse.

Recent stories

Number of reported sexual offenses at KU increased four-fold in 2013
October 1, 2014
The number of sexual offenses reported on campus at Kansas University more than quadrupled in 2013 from the previous year, according to a new report. By Scott Rothschild
Drone at KU football game raises concerns
October 1, 2014
Kansas University authorities say they are taking seriously an incident Saturday in which an unauthorized drone flew around Memorial Stadium right before the Texas-KU football game. By Scott Rothschild
KU places Kappa Sigma fraternity on interim suspension based on ‘disturbing and serious’ sexual assault allegations
10:58 a.m., October 1, 2014 Updated 05:29 p.m.
Kansas University has suspended a fraternity after allegations surfaced that multiple instances of sexual misconduct occurred during a party at the house over the weekend. Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little approved placing the KU chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity, 1045 Emery Road, on interim suspension Tuesday night, and the fraternity was notified Wednesday.
Moran likes Republicans’ chances in taking over Senate
September 30, 2014
U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, who is leading the Republican effort to take over the Senate, said he thinks it will happen. “At the moment, I think that the trend is in our favor,” Moran said Tuesday during a visit to Kansas University. By Scott Rothschild
KU planning new $51 milion residence hall
September 29, 2014
The $51.2 million building will be built adjacent to Oliver Hall, near the intersection of Naismith Drive and 19th Street. By Scott Rothschild
KU hoping to get a bigger piece of the research pie from the Department of Defense
September 28, 2014
Kansas University officials are hoping to tap into a rich vein of federal research funding: the U.S. Department of Defense. By Scott Rothschild
KU growing slightly; community colleges lose enrollment
September 26, 2014
Enrollment at Kansas University and the other regents institutions increased this year, but systemwide there was a slight decrease in the number of students at public post-secondary institutions. By Scott Rothschild
KU sexual assault task force sets goals
September 26, 2014
“We have a very good opportunity to make some positive changes,” said task force co-chair Alesha Doan. By Scott Rothschild
KU professor among team analyzing data from Mars explorer
September 23, 2014
Now for the next Earth year, Cravens, a professor in the department of physics and astronomy, will be among a number of interdisciplinary scientists analyzing and interpreting data collected by MAVEN about Mars’ atmosphere. By Scott Rothschild
KU students raise funds to pay for records request
September 23, 2014
A student who was told by Kansas University it would cost $1,800 to provide records about the financial relationship between the school and the billionaire Koch brothers said Tuesday she has raised the money. By Scott Rothschild

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Recent photos

Kansas University sophomore Zoe Fincher speaks with KU Provost Jeff Vitter outside Strong Hall. Fincher helped lead a demonstration raising concerns over KU's policies of handling sexual assault investigations.

Author Ann Hagedorn on Thursday signs copies of her new book "The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security." She spoke at the Kansas University Hall Center for the Humanities.

KNEA general counsel David Schauner speaks Monday during a news conference announcing the group plans to sue over House Bill 2506.

KNEA general counsel David Schauner speaks Monday during a news conference announcing the group plans to sue over House Bill 2506.

Jennifer Benitez stands in front of her new home Sunday at 1813 E. 17th St. On Friday morning, there was nothing but a building slab and driveway there, but dozens of volunteer members of the Lawrence Home Builders Association joined together for the Lawrence Blitz Build for Habitat for Humanity. "It's a blessing," said Benitez, the mother of two children: daughter, Loren, 15, and son, Eric, 14. Benitez has worked on five homes for Habitat for Humanity, and she said that normally it takes about four to six months to complete a house. Her family will move into the three-bedroom, one-bathroom home at the end of the month. Numerous local contractors came together to complete the house in two and a half days.

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