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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.

Jeremiah Schumacher, son of a Hays woman allegedly murdered by her spouse in 2022, urged Kansas House members to pass a bill preventing the accused of inheriting estate assets of the deceased. Current law forbids a convicted killer of benefitting financially from the estate, but not someone merely charged or arrested for a homicide. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

Son, sister of slain Hays resident urge Kansas House members to amend estate law

By: - January 18, 2023

The grieving son and sister of a homicide victim urge Kansas House to approve a bill preventing accused killers from inheriting estate assets of the deceased.

Kansas State University president Richard Linton said Tuesday the university formed an alliance with NetWork Kansas to provide economic development expertise to communities in all 105 counties. The program, "K-State 105," is designed to aid small business startups and existing companies. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas State launches statewide partnership to leverage expertise in economic development

By: - January 17, 2023

Kansas State University and NetWork Kansas formed an alliance to better deliver economic development expertise to local communities in all 105 counties.

Bryan Zesiger, co-owner of Z&M Twisted Vineyard north of Lawrence, is challenging a Leavenworth County decision to classify a winery tasting room as commercial property rather than an agricultural use. Zesiger lost his appeal to the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Leavenworth County farm winery blending litigation, politics in bitter property tax dispute

By: - January 17, 2023

Leavenworth County's property tax classification of a farm winery raises questions in the Legislature about separating agricultural and commercial use.

Three new members of the 10-person Kansas Board of Education made their presence felt at their first meeting by raising questions about COVID-19 relief funding for local school districts, the summer food program for malnourished students and retention of the Board of Education's attorney. The image is the statehouse mural honoring the Brown v. Board of Education decision declaring segregation of schools unconstitutional. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Three Kansas Board of Education newcomers make presence felt at inaugural meeting

By: - January 15, 2023

Three new members of Kansas Board of Education make presence felt at their first meeting on COVID-19 funding, nutrition programs and hiring an attorney.

James Genandt, president of Manhattan Area Technical College, urged Kansas House members to increase state funding to enable greater investment in academic facilities and equipment at the state's seven technical colleges. He said technical education offers the "most rapid, direct" return on investment. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

Kansas’ four-year universities, colleges request greater state support of need-based scholarships

By: - January 14, 2023

Kansas' four-year higher education institutions seek state investment in scholarships, while two-year colleges request funding to expand academic programs.

Adam Proffitt, budget director for Gov. Laura Kelly, presented a new state government budget to House and Senate members Thursday that deposits $500 million in a rainy-day fund, expands Medicaid and ends the state's 4% sales tax on groceries April 1. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas governor’s budget ends food sales tax, expands Medicaid and offers 5% raise to workers

By: - January 12, 2023

Gov. Laura Kelly's budget ends the state food sales tax in April, offers 5% raise to qualified state workers, expands Medicaid and invests in education.

JuliAnn Mazachek, president of Midwestern State University in Texas, was selected to lead Washburn University in Topeka. She spent 30 years at WU before taking the Texas job in 2022. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Former Washburn administrator selected president of Topeka university

By: - January 11, 2023

A former Washburn University administrator was convinced to leave Midwestern State University in Texas after less than one year to become WU's president.

Donna Ginther, director of the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas, said the Federal Communications Commission's map of broadband access in Kansas was inaccurate She estimated 1 million Kansans lack access to quality high-speed internet services. (Kansas Reflector screen capture of Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

KU researchers assert FCC map of high-speed broadband access in Kansas ‘highly inaccurate’

By: - January 11, 2023

KU researchers say the Federal Communications Commission's map of broadband access grossly exaggerates access to high-speed internet across the state.

Senate committee the agency was struggling with recruitment and retention despite a 30% increase in base pay for troopers approved by the 2022 Legislature and Gov. Laura Kelly. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

Kansas Highway Patrol outlines persistent recruiting, retention obstacles despite 30% salary bump

By: - January 11, 2023

A Kansas Highway Patrol captain says the 30% increase in base trooper pay in 2022 was needed, but recruiting and retention remains a high hurdle.

Gov. Laura Kelly, with granddaughter Laura "Rory" Weiden in her lap, signed an executive order creating a task force to make recommendations on improving the state's system of early childhood development. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly creates early childhood task force with first executive order of second term

By: - January 10, 2023

Gov. Laura Kelly's first executive order of her second term creates a task force studying barriers to affordable, quality early childhood education.

Senate President Ty Masterson, a Republican from Wichita, said he hoped to find common ground with Gov. Kelly on tax issues. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas GOP in the House, Senate preach unity at start of 2023 legislative session

By: and - January 9, 2023

TOPEKA — It’s all about unity and bipartisanship, according to Kansas leadership at the start of the legislative session. Gov. Laura Kelly said she would seek to work with opposing parties to find common ground during her Monday swearing-in ceremony.  Senate President Ty Masterson, a Republican from Wichita, said the governor’s call for political civility […]

Kansas Gov. Kelly calls for ‘civility and kindness’ in second inaugural speech

By: and - January 9, 2023

It’s time to turn down the volume and reject the divisive politics of Washington, D.C., Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday. Instead, she said, Kansas leaders should be “guided by civility and kindness, even when we disagree.”  “Perhaps, especially when we disagree,” Kelly said. Kelly, a Democrat, took the oath of office and began her second […]