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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.

Kansas Board of Education member Jim McNiece, left, offered sharp criticism of a school-safety briefing by two Kansas Department of Education staff members who outlined the effort to improve security at public schools. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Board of Education member ‘ticked off’ by analysis of school safety planning

By: - August 10, 2022

Kansas Board of Education member scolds school safety experts for leaving impression local educators weren't sufficiently concerned about crisis management.

Rep. Steven Howe, a conservative Salina Republican. said Kansans disappointed by failure of constitutional amendment on abortion need to focus on their own communities and working to support pregnant women who might seek abortion. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Rep. Steven Howe: Abortion amendment supporters need to look beyond the vote

By: - August 9, 2022

State GOP Rep. Steen Howe of Salina asks Kansans disappointed by failure of anti-abortion amendment to turn attention to helping pregnant women in crisis.

U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall, in photo, and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, both Kansas Republicans, voted against an election-year spending bill pushed through the U.S. Senate by a narrow margin. The bill now moves to the U.S. House. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Marshall, Moran vote against Democrats’ economic legislation after marathon debate

By: - August 8, 2022

Kansas' U.S. senators, Republicans Roger Marshall and Jerry Moran, voted against Democrats' latest spending bill touching on climate change, health care and tax fairness.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual report on the welfare of children ranked Kansas 17th in the nation in terms of economic, education, health and other metrics. That placed Kansas ahead of Oklahoma and Missouri, but behind Nebraska and Colorado. (Amanda Mills/CDC)

Kansas ranks 17th in U.S. on child well-being in terms of economic, health, education metrics

By: - August 8, 2022

Kansas in top 10 of national rankings on economic welfare of children, but struggling on education, health and community measures.

The Kansas Supreme Court issued an opinion Friday clarifying two points of state law in a case challenging ouster of the Kansas Highway Patrol superintendent in 2019. The former KHP leader filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, but a federal judge asked the state Supreme Court for help interpreting state employment law. (Kansas Reflector screen capture of Kansas Supreme Court image)

Kansas Supreme Court settles key points of law in former KHP chief’s employment lawsuit

By: - August 5, 2022

Kansas Supreme Court issued an opinion clarifying two points of state law in a federal lawsuit filed by former KHP superintendent challenging his ouster.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee questioned GOP U.S. House nominee Amanda Adkins' acceptance of an endorsement by the Johnson County sheriff, who launched an investigation into alleged election fraud. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

DCCC criticizes Johnson County sheriff’s endorsement of GOP House nominee Adkins

By: - August 5, 2022

Democrats question merit of Johnson County sheriff's endorsement of GOP House nominee Amanda Adkins, who seeks to unseat U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids.

Kansas Democratic attorney general nominee Chris Mann alleged GOP nominee Kris Kobach to be a threat to democracy and too focused on filing lawsuits against the administration of President Joe Biden. (Kansas Reflector screen capture Democratic Attorneys General Association livestream)

Democratic AG candidate Mann declares Kansas GOP rival Kobach a ‘threat to democracy’

By: - August 4, 2022

Kansas Democratic attorney general candidate Chris Mann views GOP nominee Kris Kobach as a threat to democracy.

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's Republican supporters include former Kansas Senate President Steve Morris, former Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger and former state Rep. Jan Kessinger. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly’s Kansas GOP emissaries laud her bipartisanship, question Schmidt’s loyalty to Trump

By: - August 4, 2022

Trio of former Kansas Republican legislatorss affirm endorsement of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's campaign for reelection against GOP nominee Derek Schmidt.

general in Tuesday's primary. He defeated state Sen. Kellie Warren and former federal prosecutor Tony Mattivi. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kobach prevails in GOP attorney general race; treasurer campaign very, very close

By: - August 3, 2022

Republican Kris Kobach wins three-person Republican primary for attorney general, while GOP race for state treasurer favors state Rep. Steven Johnson.

Gov. Laura Kelly, a Democrat seeking reelection, won the Tuesday primary along with Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who secured the Republican nomination for governor. They'll join independent Dennis Pyle and Libertarian Seth Cordell in the November general election. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly, Schmidt secure party nominations in Kansas governor’s race — wildcard Pyle awaits

By: - August 2, 2022

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly and Attorney General Derek Schmidt affirmed a spot on November election ballot for governor amid a series of competitive primaries.

A progression of color maps illustrated the U.S. Army's work on removing pollution from the former ammunition manufacturing plant at De Soto that is to be the site of a proposed $4 billion Panasonic vehicle battery manufacturing plant. Federal and state regulators issued a new permit allowing redevelopment of land for Panasonic. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

EPA, KDHE approve permit changes to allow development of Sunflower property for Panasonic

By: - August 2, 2022

EPA, KDHE endorse permit changes to allow for redevelopment of land at former Sunflower ammunition facility for a $4 billion Panasonic battery plant.

A voter leaves the polling place at the Sunrise Optimist Club north of Topeka. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas primary candidates learn their fates with all eyes on constitutional amendment voting

By: - August 2, 2022

Kansans will complete votingTuesday in the primary election for state and federal offices, and determine fate of an abortion amendent to state constitution.