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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.

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-dominated Kansas Legislature convene the annual session Monday at the Capitol with budget, tax, health and other issues on an agenda made wider due to the shortened 2020 session. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly, legislators agree on extension of COVID-19 emergency declaration

By: - September 11, 2020

Extension of Kansas' emergency disaster declaration for COVID-19 sought be Gov. Laura Kelly is tangled in a dispute with GOP legislators.

A state committee voted to endorse a proposal to install a memorial on the Kansas Capitol grounds in honor of Gold Star families, who have a family member who died as a result of military service. Gov. Laura Kelly said the memorial was requested by the only remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas flags fly at half-staff to honor victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks

By: - September 11, 2020

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order directs flags be flown Friday at half-staff to honor those killed and injured in terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001.

The Kansas Board of Regents will ask Gov. Laura Kelly and the 2021 Kansas Legislature to restore $35 million cut from university budgets despite a plea from Mark Hutton, a Wichita member of the board, the request will be viewed by lawmakers as "tone deaf" to the state's significant budget problems. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Board of Regents to seek restoration of $35 million cut from university budgets

By: - September 10, 2020

The Kansas Board of Regents will ask lawmakers to restore $35 million cut from state aid to universities despite a looming budget crisis.

The Kansas Department of Corrections led by secretary Jeff Zmuda says a fifth inmate who contracted COVID-19 has died. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Fifth Kansas prison inmate dies after diagnosed with COVID-19

By: - September 10, 2020

A fifth inmate held by the Kansas Department of Corrections has died after contracting COVID-19. About 300 staff and inmates have active cases of the virus.

Blake Flanders, left, president of the Kansas Board of Regents, says Kansas needs to invest tax dollars to build greater opportunities statewide for high school students to earn early college credit. At right is Bill Feuerborn, chairman of the state Board of Regents. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas education officials pressing harder to expand concurrent enrollment

By: - September 10, 2020

TOPEKA — The two state boards with oversight of Kansas public education plan to more rigorously push for expansion of enrollment and funding of programs allowing high school students to earn college credit. Members of the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Board of Education meeting Wednesday to discuss issues of mutual interest agreed […]

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall joined Kansas Republicans Steve Watkins and Ron Estes as well as Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids in voting against the COVID-19 stimulus bill approved by the U.S. House. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Marshall’s GOP campaign hijacks, manipulates videos in bid to discredit Bollier

By: - September 9, 2020

U.S. Senate GOP candidate Roger Marshall not apologizing for attack ad that takes out of context remarks by Democratic nominee Barbara Bollier.

Dale Dennis, the deputy commissioner at the Kansas State Department of Education, will retire after 53 years at the agency. His career in education extends to 1959, which he started work as a classroom teacher in Kansas. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas education finance ‘icon’ Dale Dennis to retire after 53 years

By: - September 9, 2020

Kansas State Department of Education deputy commissioner Dale Dennis is to retire after devoting more than half a century to education.

Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who also served in the Obama administration's Cabinet, is subject of a new Washburn University and KTWU documentary "Red State/blue Governor: Kansas' Kathleen Sebelius." (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius: ‘God help us’ with vaccine rollout

By: - September 8, 2020

Former HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius has reservations about Trump administration's ability to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to the nation.

Kansas State University are seeking permission from the Kansas Board of Regents to offer in-state tuition rates to Missouri residents who meet certain academic requirements and enroll as full-time undergraduate students at KSU. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

K-State proposes to recruit more students from Missouri with steep tuition discounts

By: - September 8, 2020

Kansas State University hopes to boost recruiting in Missouri by offering in-state tuition rate to undergrads meeting certain academic requirements.

Former KU chancellor, AL president Gene Budig dies at 81

By: - September 8, 2020

Gene Budig, who led KU for 13 years as chancellor and later served as baseball's American League president, is dead at 81.

Gov. Laura Kelly voted with others on the State Finance Council to extend for 30 days the state's COVID-19 disaster declaration. She also affirmed there were no plans to close businesses to deter spread of the virus that has killed more than 1,200 Kansans. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly prepares to renew COVID-19 emergency declaration

By: - September 7, 2020

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly plans to extend COVID-19 emergency declaration expiring Sept. 15, which will require approval by GOP-controlled council.

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, a Kansas Republican closing out a 40-year career in the U.S. House and Senate, shares lunch with children. He chaired Senate and House agriculture committees, which have jurisdiction over food programs. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts offers personal perspectives on half century of politics

By: - September 7, 2020

Retiring U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts shares with Kansas Reflector podcast personal insights into his 40-year career in Washington, D.C.