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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.

Kansas farmer Donn Teske, who operates a family farm in Pottawatomie County, is featured in the documentary film "The Disrupted" that blends the experiences of three hard-working Americans struggling to make it economically. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas farmer at heart of ‘Disrupted’ documentary on dehumanizing economic forces

By: - August 28, 2020

TOPEKA — Fifth-generation Kansan Donn Teske’s commitment to family farm survival and humility inspired by German Lutheran lineage argued against taking part in a documentary capturing adversity of three seemingly divergent middle-class Americans compelled to adapt in a turbulent economy. Major health complications, staggering business debt and anxiety driven by a duty not to be […]

Gov. Laura Kelly renewed an appeal for a new emergency federal COVID-19 package despite state tax revenue surpassing projections for November. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas officials to apply for supplemental jobless benefit program launched by Trump

By: - August 27, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly directs Kansas officials to apply for new jobless aid program offering $300 per week in federal aid tied to $100 per week from the state.

Gov. Laura Kelly says the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, led by secretary Lee Norman, left, will distribute $8 million in federal aid to "essential" workers, including child-care workers and first responders infected with COVID-19. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas directs $8 million to aid ‘essential workers’ who contract COVID-19

By: - August 27, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly said $8 million in federal disaster funding will be set aside to cover health care expenses for essential workers and early-childhood professions infected with COVID-19. Under the initiative, assistance drawn from the CARES Act aid will be limited to $25,000 for uninsured individuals and $15,000 for insured individuals. Applications are available online […]

Gpv. Laura Kelly lauded a $200,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Pittsburg. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

UnitedHealthcare donates $200,000 to southeast Kansas health center

By: - August 26, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly lauds $200,000 donation to southeast Kansas health center and presses anew for Medicaid expansion.

Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health officials issues a quarantine order Wednesday for nine fraternities and sororities at the University of Kansas to deter the spread of COVID-19. The university began fall semester classes Monday and more than 200 students, faculty and staff have tested positive. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Douglas County health officials issuing quarantine orders to 10 Greek houses at KU

By: - August 26, 2020

Health officials in Douglas County issue quarantine order to nine fraternities and sororities and plan to add a 10th in bid to slow spread of COVID-19.

Kansas Attorney General Derek said elderly Kansans should be placed in line for the COVID-19 vaccination ahead of younger state prison inmates. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas attorney general keen for Legislature to fix shortcomings of state disaster law

By: - August 26, 2020

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says reform of Kansas' emergency management law is necessary given challenges surfacing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo references Eisenhower in pitch for Trump’s re-election

By: - August 25, 2020

Former Kansas congressman Mike Pompeo, who is the U.S. secretary of state, endorsed President Donald Trump's re-election in a recorded speech from Israel.

Sen. Dennis Pyle, a Hiawatha Republican, says he's disappointed state emergency management officials confirmed Tuesday the purchase of hospital gowns that turned out to be trash bags with arm holes cut in the corner. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas’ pandemic purchases include gowns that were trash bags with holes cut for arms

By: - August 25, 2020

Kansas officials dealing with COVID-19 have purchased $64 million in PPE, including hospital gowns that turned out to be trash bags with arm holes.

Reason Foundation estimates Kansas could net $1.1 billion over 50 years by leasing out the Kansas Turnpike, which runs from Oklahoma to Kansas City, Mo. In this image, Sen. Rick Billinger, Mary Eisenhower, and Kansas Cabinet secretaries Brad Loveless and Julie Lorenz participate in 50th anniversary celebration of Interstate 70, which isn't part of the turnpike. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Foundation estimates 50-year lease of Kansas Turnpike could net $1.1 billion

By: - August 25, 2020

A think tank estimates Kansas can net $1.1 billion over 50 years by leasing out the Kansas Turnpike that runs from Oklahoma to Missouri.

University of Kansas chancellor Doug Girod says two fraternities have been issued cease-and-desist orders to cease noncompliance with county health regulations and university policy designed to inhibit spread of COVID-19. Here students wait for food orders at the Kansas Union ahead of Monday's start of fall semester classes. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KU disciplines two fraternities for ‘selfish, irresponsible’ approach to COVID-19

By: - August 24, 2020

The University of Kansas orders two fraternities to stop hosting social gatherings in violation of COVID-19 protocols.

Kansas’ vulnerable children can’t afford to absorb state budget cuts

By: - August 24, 2020

Two influential child advocacy organizations argue on the Kansas Reflector podcast for sustained state investment in quality-of-life programs.

Reaction to the video of a confrontation between a Lawrence man and University of Kansas dozens of students ignoring mask and social distancing guidance during an off-campus gathering Saturday at Kappa Sigma fraternity generated a wave of criticism on social media. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KU fraternity thumbs nose at COVID-19 risks: ‘Brotherhood can’t be quarantined’

By: - August 23, 2020

Kappa Sigma fraternity members at University of Kansas are under fire for ignoring COVID-19 protocol ahead of Monday's resumption of in-person classes.