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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 Kansas Supreme Court is evaluating conflicting views on two cases raising questions about how Kansas prosecutors should weigh prior DUI convictions from other states. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Supreme Court dives into ambiguity of K.S.A 8-1567 — the state’s DUI statute

By: - September 14, 2021

Kansas Supreme Court considers a pair of DUI cases challenging findings of the Court of Appeals on the counting of prior out-of-state convictions.

Rep. Mark Samsel, a Republican from Wellsville, entered a guilty plea to three misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct for a physical and verbal episode during April at Wellsville High School. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas House member takes plea deal in Wellsville school case

By: - September 13, 2021

A Wellsville Republican in the Kansas House agreed to plead guilty to three misdemeanors in wake of his bizarre behavior while a substitute teacher.

Promise of Lawrence to assist homeless families with children, is alarmed state and federal aid has yet to take into account needs of the homeless. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Homeless advocate: COVID-19 relief insufficient, eviction surge puts families in peril

By: - September 13, 2021

COVID-19 aid hasn't fully considered needs of homeless families with children, raising prospects of greater hardship when and eviction moratorium expires.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, added his voice to GOP opposition by state and federal lawmakers to President Joe Biden's plan for broadening of COVID-19 vaccination requirements. (C-SPAN screenshot/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Republicans raise objections to Biden’s expansive vaccine mandate

By: - September 10, 2021

Half of Kansas congressional delegation and three GOP leaders in the Kansas House are critical of President Biden's COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

Enrollment at the public universities, community colleges and technical colleges under direction of the Kansas Board of Regents increased overall enrollment 1% in the fall semester following a massive decline in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KU chancellor denounces student body president’s Twitter commentary

By: - September 9, 2021

KU chancellor and Kansas Board of Regents chair condemn student body president's commentary on "death to America," but defend her free speech rights.

Kansas state Treasurer Lynn Rogers said a one-month record of $6.3 million in unclaimed property was returned by the treasurer's office to 6,000 people during August. The previous record of $4.2 million was set in 2019. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas treasury returns record $6.3M in unclaimed property in August

By: - September 9, 2021

The Kansas state treasurer's office say a one-month record $6.3 million in unclaimed property was distributed during August to 6,000 recipients.

U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall, a Kansas Republican, is calling for a comprehensive congressional investigation of China's responsibility for the COVID-19 outbreak. He offered a 13-minute video argument in support of his proposal. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Sen. Marshall keen to investigate China’s role in triggering COVID-19 pandemic

By: - September 9, 2021

Kansas GOP U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall pressing for sweeping congressional investigation of China's responsibility for the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Lawrence chiropractor is fined $4,000, publicly censured and ordered to complete 24 hours of continuing education for making false claims in March 2020 about thwarting COVID-19. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Lawrence chiropractor censured, fined $4,000 for flawed COVID-19 advertising

By: - September 8, 2021

Kansas regulator hits Lawrence chiropractor with censure, $4,000 fine and 24 hours of continuing education for making fraudulent claims about COVID-19.

State Rep. Steven Howe, a conservative Republican from Salina, says he agonized over the science of vaccines before accepting a shot for COVID-19 and public urging others to do likewise. (Submitted)

Kansas legislator navigates personal journey from hesitancy to acceptance of COVID-19 vaccine

By: - September 3, 2021

Conservative state Rep. Steven Howe of Salina gets vaccinated for COVID-19 and urges other Kansans to help themselves and others by doing the same.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, said during a stop at Washburn University in Topeka the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan made clear Congress in the future should rely on declarations of war rather than open ended resolutions authorizing the executive branch to wage war. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Moran: Congress should vote on declarations of war before triggering military power

By: - September 2, 2021

Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas wants future military campaigns based on declarations of war instead of open-ended resolutions by Congress.

Protesters hold up signs at a protest outside the Texas state capitol on May 29, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Thousands of protesters came out in response to a new bill outlawing abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected signed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbot. (Sergio Flores/Getty Images)

Wichita’s Trust Women abortion clinic preparing for influx of patients from Texas

By: - September 2, 2021

Kansas' Trust Women abortion clinic in Wichita braces for influx of Texas women after adoption of law banning most procedures after six weeks.

New polling shows Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly with a slight edge over Attorney General Derek Schmidt, left, in a likely 2022 gubernatorial showdown following former Gov. Jeff Colyer's withdrawal from the GOP primary. (Screen capture/Kansas Reflector)

Federal, state GOP politicians pledge support for Schmidt in governor’s race

By: - September 1, 2021

Prominent Republicans line up with AG Derek Schmidt after Schmidt's rival for the GOP nomination for governor, Jeff Colyer, dropped out.