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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.

The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday a former police detective in Kansas City, Kansas, was indicted on six counts related to sexual assault of two women about 20 years ago. Roger Golubski, 69, was accused of federal civil rights crimes for assaulting victims while under "color of law." (Getty Images)

Former KCK cop accused of framing Black man for murder indicted in sex assault cases

By: - September 15, 2022

A former Kansas City, Kansas, police detective accused of framing a Black man for murder was indicted for alleged sexual assault of two women.

U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall, a Kansas Republican, wants social media companies to deter sales of illegal drugs containing fentanyl on their platforms and for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to support a federal declaration of fentanyl abuse as a national emergency. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from U.S. Senate YouTube channel)

Marshall pressures social media platforms, CDC to boldly move against fentanyl abuse

By: - September 15, 2022

U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, is introducing legislation to force social media companies to curtail sale of fentanyl-laced drugs on their platforms.

Emporia State University president Ken Hush, right, received approval from the Kansas Board of Regents to deploy a policy designed to expedite personnel and program reform. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Emporia State receives green light to move rapidly with faculty, program realignment

By: - September 14, 2022

Kansas Board of Regents unanimously approves request by Emporia State University to implement policy for speedy faculty, program overhaul.

Sen. Caryn Tyson, R-Parker, speaks with Legislative auditor Sam Dodds following his presentation Wednesday at the Capitol of a report on allocation of $48.5 million in federal COVID-19 aid. The money went to 66 broadband projects across the state. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Audit reveals two-thirds of $48.5 million in broadband aid allocated to southern Kansas

By: - September 14, 2022

Legislature's auditors say $48.5 million in federal COVID-19 funding provided 66 grants statewide to improve broadband services to homes and businesses.

Kansas GOP congressional candidate Amanda Adkins, at right in photograph, is campaigning in the 3rd District and endorsed sweeping fiscal and social policy blueprint denounced by rival U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids' campaign. (Submitted)

Kansas GOP candidate Adkins lauds blueprint for slashing budget, tackling social issues

By: - September 14, 2022

Kansas GOP congressional candidate Amanda Adkins backs conservative budget, social policy blueprint — a plan denounced by Democrat Sharice Davids' campaign.

Kris Kobach, Republican nominee for attorney general, supports adoption of the federal model of Senate confirmation for nominees to the Kansas Supreme Court. His opponent in the November campaign, Democrat Chris Mann, prefers the current merit-selection review process of potential Supreme Court justices. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kobach v. Mann: Attorney general candidates diverge on Kansas Supreme Court selection reform

By: - September 13, 2022

Republican Kris Kobach seeks Senate confirmation of Kansas Supreme Court nominees, while Democrat Chris Mann supports existing merit-review process.

Stephen Durrell, executive director of the Kansas Lottery, discusses introduction of legal sports gambling in Kansas with the Kansas Reflector podcast. Online and in-person sports wagering is available at casinos in Mulvane and Kansas City, Kansas, while online bets through apps are being handled at Pittsburg and Dodge City casinos. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Opening of Kansas sports betting reveals appeal of online apps — even among Missourians

By: - September 12, 2022

It's a safe bet legal sports gambling is here to stay in Kansas. Expect heavy wagers on Kansas City Chiefs and college football and basketball.

The campaign for Kansas governor takes form of a stage debate with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Republican gubernatorial nominee Derek Schmidt, but also features more than 40 commercials designed to disparage. (Jill Hummels for the Kansas Reflector)

Governor candidates Schmidt, Kelly clash on Kansas State Fair stage in campaign’s first debate

By: - September 10, 2022

Republican Derek Schmidt and Democrat Laura Kelly light up Kansas State Fair stage in a rowdy kickoff of debates in the 2022 campaign for governor.

Johnson County Sheriff Calvin Hayden, shown here during a June speech about election fraud, said he was prepared to deploy deputies to thwart zealous IRS agents and was struggling to find probable cause to issue warrants that might help him build an election fraud case in the county. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Johnson County sheriff threatens to deploy ‘army’ of deputies against IRS agents

By: - September 9, 2022

Johnson County sheriff ready to deploy deputies to rebuff IRS agents, struggling to find probable cause to warrant investigation of 2020 voter fraud.

Gov. Laura Kelly, center, holds a slim lead in the campaign against Republican nominee Derek Schmidt, second from left, in the gubernatorial race to be decided in November. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Former Kansas Gov. Bill Graves crosses party line — again — to endorse Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly

By: - September 8, 2022

Former Kansas Gov. Bill Graves, a Republican, crosses aisle to endorse for reelection Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly rather than GOP nominee Derek Schmidt.

Kansas attorney general candidate Kris Kobach, who served as general counsel to We Build the Wall, deflected responsibility for alleged fraud against the organization and defended Stephen Bannon, who faced indictment for financial misconduct at the crowd-sourced organization created to build wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kobach defends Bannon, deflects personal responsibility over alleged border wall corruption

By: - September 8, 2022

Kansas attorney general candidate Kris Kobach defends Stephen Bannon, who is accused of diverting money from the We Build the Wall organization.

Ken Hush, president at Emporia State University since November, said financial realities compel ESU to consider realigning the budget through process that could include employee layoffs and changes in of academic programs. (Margaret Mellott/Kansas Reflector)

Emporia State University seeks authority to begin campus workforce restructuring

By: - September 7, 2022

Emporia State University administrators will seek approval from the Kansas Board of Regents to deploy a controversial workforce management policy.