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 Supreme Court dissent in open records case mimics Lucy pulling ball from Charlie Brown
By: Tim Carpenter - July 2, 2021
Kansas Supreme Court majority dodges questions on boundary of Kansas Open Records Act, inspires Lucy-yanks-football-again minority opinion.
Kansas extending reach of COVID-19 child care, food assistance
By: Tim Carpenter - July 1, 2021
Kansas broadens eligibility for child care and food assistance benefits tied to COVID-19 pandemic.
Senate panel votes to support confirmation of three nominees to Board of Regents
By: Tim Carpenter - June 30, 2021
Kansas Senate committee endorses three nominees for Kansas Board of Regents amid questions about teaching critical race theory.
Black kids overrepresented among children ordered into Kansas foster care
By: Tim Carpenter - June 30, 2021
Blacks are disproportionate number of Kansas children in foster care; Blacks and Native Americans less likely than whites to reunify with parents.
Kansas Guard veteran worn down from years battling leadership over misconduct, retaliation
By: Tim Carpenter - June 29, 2021
TOPEKA — Insomnia compelled Morgan Davis to seek refuge on a small backyard patio offering sanctuary from the downward spiral of her career in the Kansas Army National Guard. On that November evening, the outdoor cocoon proved insufficient. Davis drove to a convenience store in Topeka where the mission was to slip in and out […]
No need for term limits: Legislature’s turnover rate tops 80% in past decade
By: Tim Carpenter - June 28, 2021
Less than 20% of Kansas legislators holding office in 2010 remain in those jobs today — and it has nothing to do with term limits.
New research: Kansas counties with mask mandates avoided 500 COVID-19 deaths
By: Tim Carpenter - June 24, 2021
University of Kansas researchers report in JAMA that COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and fatalities cut by mask orders.
Board of Regents may raise community college-to-university credit transfer cap
By: Tim Carpenter - June 23, 2021
TOPEKA — The Kansas Board of Regents may raise to 75 the number of credit hours that could be transferred from a community college to a state university following success of a two-year pilot involving Johnson County Community College and the nearby Edwards campus of the University of Kansas. The state higher education governance board […]
Kansas docs: Troublesome coronavirus variant nicknamed Delta warrants strict scrutiny
By: Tim Carpenter - June 22, 2021
KDHE reports Delta variant of COVID-19 spreading into the Kansas at an increasing rate, with a majority of cases in Sedgwick County.
Kansas ranks 18th nationally in annual report measuring well-being of children
By: Tim Carpenter - June 21, 2021
Report says Kansas holds 18th place in terms of well-being of children — better than Missouri and Oklahoma but worse than Nebraska and Colorado.
KDHE orders COVID-19 testing at state-licensed adult care homes
By: Tim Carpenter - June 19, 2021
KDHE orders testing for COVID-19 to continue among staff and residents at Kansas adult care homes licensed by the state.
Kansas prosecutor mired in ethical misconduct quits to avoid Bourbon County backlash
By: Tim Carpenter - June 18, 2021
Kansas attorney facing disbarment for misconduct in two high-profile cases quit as Bourbon County prosecutor as backlash escalated.