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 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.
KU reverses course, no longer contemplating use of faculty-dismissal policy to fix budget
By: Tim Carpenter - June 17, 2021
University of Kansas drops plan to consider use of policy easing removal of tenured faculty to alleviate budget problems.
Kansas’ Democratic governor appoints three to state’s higher education board
By: Tim Carpenter - June 16, 2021
Democratic Gov. Kelly's three appointments to the Kansas Board of Regents gives her a majority on the higher education panel.
Kansas public schools calculating how to spend $830 million in federal pandemic aid
By: Tim Carpenter - June 15, 2021
TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Education plans to use a slice of $830 million in new federal funding for public education to address COVID-19 learning deficits by training K-3 teachers to help students absorb more from their reading. Half of the 10% set aside for the state agency must be dedicated to rebounding students […]
Kelly rescinding handful of executive orders, seeks extension of disaster declaration
By: Tim Carpenter and Sherman Smith - June 14, 2021
Gov. Kelly requests Kansas legislative leaders endorse gradual removal of executive orders as need for COVID-19 disaster declaration wanes.
Panel urges disbarment of Kansas attorney for deliberate misconduct in two high-profile trials
By: Tim Carpenter - June 4, 2021
Kansas attorney's prosecutorial misconduct in high-profile double-murder trial and sex-crime case leads disciplinary panel to recommend disbarment.
State Supreme Court drills into natural gas billing dispute in southwest Kansas
By: Tim Carpenter - June 3, 2021
Southwest Kansas natural gas billing dispute percolates from KCC to district court, Court and Appeals to reach Kansas Supreme Court.
Federal lawsuit challenges Kansas’ new advance mail balloting process
By: Tim Carpenter - June 2, 2021
Advocacy groups file federal lawsuit challenging Kansas' ban on out-of-state entities sending advance ballot applications to voters.
Mann returns campaign favor, endorses Colyer in Kansas GOP governor’s race
By: Tim Carpenter - June 2, 2021
U.S. Rep. Mann endorses Colyer's second run for the Kansas Republican nomination for governor ahead of 2022 primary election.
Coalition of Kansas organizations challenge constitutionality of Kansas election reforms
By: Tim Carpenter - June 1, 2021
Four Kansas organizations file lawsuit challenging constitutionality of two sweeping election reforms adopted by 2021 Legislature.