Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter

Tim Carpenter has reported on Kansas for 35 years. He covered the Capitol for 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal and previously worked for the Lawrence Journal-World and United Press International. He has been recognized for investigative reporting on Kansas government and politics. He won the Kansas Press Association's Victor Murdock Award six times. The William Allen White Foundation honored him four times with its Burton Marvin News Enterprise Award. The Kansas City Press Club twice presented him its Journalist of the Year Award and more recently its Lifetime Achievement Award. He earned an agriculture degree at Kansas State University and grew up on a small dairy and beef cattle farm in Missouri. He is an amateur woodworker and drives Studebaker cars.

Research involving University of Kansas researchers indicates heavily partisan corporate CEOs tend to bend forecasts to reflect political bias in terms of the occupant of the White House. Here, then-President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden debate in the 2020 campaign won by Biden. (Morry Gash-Pool/Getty Images)

Corporate executives offer rosier business forecasts if politically aligned with a U.S. president

By: - November 26, 2022

University of Kansas researchers assert partisan alignment of corporate CEOs and the U.S. president can lead to overly optimistic business assumptions.

Marc Johnson, a researcher at the University of Missouri, says he's part of a team closely monitoring sewer water to determine whether a new strain of COVID-19 takes hold during the holiday season. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from KU Health System's Facebook channel)

Kansas health experts monitoring COVID-19, flu and RSV trifecta as holiday season arrives

By: - November 24, 2022

Anticipated rise in incidence of COVID-19, flu and a challenging form of influenza could lead to crowding of Kansas hospitals during the winter months.

House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, a Democrat from Wichita, said Tuesday he wouldn't seek reappointment to the job during the 2023 legislative session, saying it was time for a new generation of Democrats to lead. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Democrat Sawyer steps away from leadership post; Hawkins seeks job of Kansas House speaker

By: - November 22, 2022

House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer declines to seek election to Democrat's top leadership post, GOP Rep. Dan Hawkins seeking selection as House speaker.

Investment advisers cautioned trustees of the Kansas Pubic Employees Retirement System about imposing investment restrictions by law or policy in wake of demands by activists for investment portfolio changes based on politics of fossil fuels as well as tensions in China. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas pension investment advisers caution against robust legislative rebuttal to ESG activists

By: - November 22, 2022

Kansas Public Employee Retirement System's board prepares for debate in 2023 Legislature about environmental activism and China's role in global economy.

Megan Monsour stands before microphone to testify at legislative hearing

Kansas child welfare panel raises issue with guardian ad litem, CASA programs

By: - November 21, 2022

Kansas legislators red-flag guardian ad litems hired to work child-in-need-of-care cases and lackof diversity in volunteer program tied to foster children.

A high number of appeals prompted the Kansas Republican Party's loyalty committee to suspend sanctions against GOP officials who signed a petition leading to placement on the November ballot of independent governor candidate Dennis Pyle. The state party alleges Pyle's presence helped reelect Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly by drawing votes from GOP nominee Derek Schmidt. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas GOP suspends punishment of party members amid loyalty crackdown

By: - November 17, 2022

Kansas Republican Party overrun by appeals of sanctions against party officials who signed petition adding an independent candidate for governor to ballot.

Meaghan and Blake Briscoe appear on video at committee hearing

Kansans share personal insights into soul-breaking experiences of foster children

By: - November 17, 2022

Kansans draw from their personal experience to share horror stories of what happened to children in the state's foster care system with a committee of the Kansas Legislature.

U.S. Court of Appeals removes hurdle in lawsuit by Kansas man wrongfully convicted of murder

By: - November 16, 2022

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Denver rejects claim of immunity by Kansas law enforcement officers facing a lawsuit by a man wrongfully convicted of murder.

health policies likely to surface in the 2023 legislative session opening in January. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

Legislators, lobbyists highlight hot-button health policy issues ahead of 2023 session

By: - November 15, 2022

Kansas activists and legislators delve into health policy ideas suitable for discussion during the 2023 session of the Kansas Legislature.

University of Kansas faculty and academic staff on the Lawrence and Johnson County campuses are working to organize a union to press for better working conditions and a stronger academic environment for students. Two other universities in the Kansas Board of Regents system have faculty unions. (Lily O'Shea Becker for Kansas Reflector)

University of Kansas faculty, academic staff prepare for vote on forming collective bargaining unit

By: - November 15, 2022

University of Kansas faculty and academic staff are engaged in organizing work to form a collective bargaining unit to seek better working conditions.

Kris Kobach appears in crowd at GOP election night watch party

Kansas GOP wants to sanction Republicans who signed Pyle’s gubernatorial petition

By: - November 14, 2022

Kansas Republican Party officials seek to sanction GOP members signing the petition that got independent governor candidate Dennis Pyle's on Nov. 8 ballot.

Democratic attorney general candidate Chris Mann, right, conceded the race to Attorney General-elect Kris Kobach, a Republican who narrowly led since election night with uncounted mail and provisional ballots. (Photos by Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Mann surrenders quest to overtake Kobach in Kansas race for attorney general

By: - November 11, 2022

Democrat Chris Mann concedes to Republican Kris Kobach in a close race for attorney general in red-state Kansas.