I came to the Journal-World in September 2012, when I took over the Kansas University news beat.
Before that, I worked for one of the Journal-World's sister community publications, the Basehor Sentinel, for two years. While there, I wrote about some fascinating people. I also covered some City Council commotion and a recall election that drew a fair bit of attention to the Leavenworth County town of just under 5,000.
I graduated from KU in 2009 with degrees in journalism and political science. Much of my time at KU was spent writing, editing and eating takeout food in the newsroom of The University Daily Kansan.
In addition to my journalistic pursuits, I have at different times stocked shelves early in the morning at a retail store, knocked on people's doors on behalf of the U.S. Census and worked all manner of odd hours manning the front desk at Templin Residence Hall at KU.
I live in Lawrence with my wife and our zero kids. In my spare time, I enjoy reading all kinds of things, wrestling with my competing optimism and cynicism about the Kansas City Royals and debating with my wife about the merits of Bruce Springsteen (I am staunchly in favor).
On the KU beat, I hope to shine a light on all the things happening in the university's classrooms, research labs and administrative offices, while mixing in some looks at the many faces who populate the campus. You can keep abreast of our KU news coverage on Twitter via @LJW_KU and follow me at @mattericksonks. Don't be shy about giving me a shout if you have anything to say.