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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.

Kathleen Sebelius, former Kansas governor and secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said she was frustrated with people who refused to get COVID-19 vaccinations that it could be time to limit public access to the unvaccinated. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

COVID-19 surge: Unvaccinated frustrate Sebelius, socialist ‘lunacy’ irritates Colyer

By: - July 21, 2021

Former Democratic Gov. Sebelius ready to restrain unvaccinated, while former GOP Gov. Colyer refers to the notion as "crazy socialist idea."

World War II veteran Sidney Walton, 102, met Tuesday with Gov. Laura Kelly at the Capitol during a 50-state tour to raise awareness and financial support for veterans and frontline nurses. Kelly presented him with a Kansas flag. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas officials honor 102-year-old World War II vet raising money for frontline health workers

By: - July 20, 2021

World War II veteran, 102, visits Kansas Capitol to raise money to honor frontline workers in COVID-19 pandemic.

Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says the agency's latest health report offers in-depth look at key medical and behavioral challenges facing Kansans. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

KDHE report affirms education, income, race and gender influence health risks

By: - July 19, 2021

Kansas' latest statewide health survey affirms poor, minorities and undereducated most at risk for serious health challenges.

Former Gov. Jeff Colyer, a Republican and plastic surgeon from Johnson County, is a candidate for the GOP nomination for governor in 2022. His primary rival is Attorney General Derek Schmidt. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Colyer’s narrow miss in 2018 fueling resurgent GOP campaign for governor

By: - July 12, 2021

TOPEKA — Republican Jeff Colyer is confident he would have defeated Democrat Laura Kelly in the November 2018 race for governor. The impediment to a Colyer-Kelly showdown, of course, was that Colyer fell 172 votes short of beating Kris Kobach in the closest statewide GOP primary election in Kansas history. “Everybody agrees that if we […]

Building wetlands along waterways best option to deter runoff from Midwest crop fields

By: - July 11, 2021

New research suggests construction of large wetlands the most cost-effective way to limit chemical runoff and sediment loss in Midwest states.

U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner, the Republican serving the 2nd District in Congress, shared his five-point crisis list and responded to constituent concerns during a town hall forum in Ottawa. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

LaTurner urges COVID-19 vaccination, dismisses idea of state or federal mandates

By: - July 9, 2021

OTTAWA — U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner is convinced the United States faces crisis on five fronts tied to the economy, energy independence, border security, cyber attacks and cultural erosion. The list offered by the freshman GOP congressman at a town hall Thursday in the Ottawa Public Library didn’t highlight the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed […]

Kansas suspends collection of $16 million in annual fees paid by securities industry

By: - July 7, 2021

Kansas agency suspends collection of $16 million in securities oversight fees after Legislature promises not to raid fee funds.

Sen. Kellie Warren R-Leawood, formally launched a campaign for the Republican Party's nomination for attorney general. Her rival in the 2022 election will be Kris Kobach, a former secretary of state. Their quest is to replace Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who is running for governor. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Warren enters GOP contest for attorney general, knocks ‘never-win’ candidates

By: - July 6, 2021

Kansas GOP field expands in race for attorney general with entrance of Sen. Warren, who launched opening salvo at rival Kobach.

Former U.S. Sens. Robert Dole and Pat Roberts endorse Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's campaign for the Republican Party's nomination for governor of Kansas. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Former U.S. Sens. Dole, Roberts endorse Schmidt in Kansas GOP primary for governor

By: - July 6, 2021

Kansas Republican heavyweights Robert Dole and Pat Roberts endorse Attorney General Derek Schmidt in the 2022 campaign for governor.

Dawn Buehler, executive director of Friends of the Kaw, strives to expand appreciation for the Kansas River's educational and recreational opportunities. Protecting water quality is a priority because the river is a source of drinking water for 800,000 people. (Photo by Greg Zolnerowich)

Paddling through opportunities, challenges on one of Kansas’ last wild places

By: - July 5, 2021

Riverkeeper Dawn Buehler paddling hard to celebrate wildness of the Kansas River in recreational, educational and environmental terms.

Gen. Dwight Eisenhower speaks with American paratroopers in England on the evening of June 5, 1944, as they prepare for the Battle of Normandy. Presidential historians assembled by C-SPAN rated Eisenhower 5th in terms of presidential leadership. President Harry Truman ranked 6th. (Library of Congress)

C-SPAN survey of presidential leadership adds sparkle to Eisenhower, Truman

By: - July 4, 2021

Eisenhower secures 5th and Truman 6th in U.S. presidential leadership survey, while Trump ranks 41st out of 44.

The Kansas Department of Revenue reported the state of Kansas took in $758 million more in state tax revenue than anticipated in the fiscal year stretching from July 1, 2020, to June 30. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

State tax revenue eclipses Kansas projections by $758 million in past fiscal year

By: - July 2, 2021

Kansas state government tax revenue collections surpass fiscal year projection by $758 million.