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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.

Twenty members of the Kansas Legislature absorbed public comment on redistricting and the evils of gerrymandering during a town hall Friday in Lawrence at the University of Kansas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Lawrence redistricting town hall participants object to racial, prison gerrymandering

By: - August 14, 2021

Town hall participants in Lawrence urge legislators to avoid partisan, racial and prison gerrymandering when crafting new political boundaries in 2022.

The University of Kansas is joining with other public universities in Kansas to offer incentives to increase voluntary vaccination for COVID-19 as fall classes start in August. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas universities offering incentives to boost COVID-19 vaccinations

By: - August 13, 2021

LAWRENCE — Fully vaccinated students on the Lawrence and Overland Park campuses of the University of Kansas will be eligible for drawings of the cash equivalent of a semester’s in-state undergraduate tuition, cash prizes of $5,000, special parking permits as well as football and basketball tickets. KU officials said Friday the program to encourage voluntary […]

Supreme Court allows pursuit of DNA testing by convicted Cowley County murderer

By: - August 13, 2021

Kansas Supreme Court decides 2020 law grants district courts authority to consider requests for post-conviction DNA testing even if case remains on appeal.

Overland Park Republican Rep. Chris Croft, center in mask, said during a Pittsburg town hall on redrawing state political boundaries the process is made more challenging by delays in release of U.S. Census Bureau population data. Overer(Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Release of U.S. Census population data amplifies political anxiety about redistricting

By: - August 12, 2021

Kansans at town hall meetings insist the Legislature rely on community interests instead of partisan aspirations to draw new political boundaries.

U.S. Sens. Roger Marshall and Jerry Moran voted for a COVID-19 testing mandate for immigrants and against a $3.5 trillion budget resolution expanding the national safety net. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Marshall, Moran support bipartisan measure for COVID-19 testing of immigrants at border

By: - August 11, 2021

U.S. Sens. Moran and Marshall support COVID-19 testing of immigrants at border, oppose $3.5 trillion budget resolution expanding national safety net.

Audit reveals KDHE mistakenly paid $1.3 million to Medicaid contractors for care of dead people

By: - August 11, 2021

Kansas' inspector general finds the state overpaid Medicaid contractors $1.3 million for care of dead people not promptly removed from the roll.

Laura Howard, secretary for the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services, settled with a coalition of civil rights organizations to improve opportunity for people in specialized nursing homes for the mentally ill to reside and receive improved services in community-based housing. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Legal settlement a framework to improve lives of Kansans in special nursing homes for mentally ill

By: - August 10, 2021

State of Kansas settles case by agreeing to improve services, housing for mentally ill people living in Kansas' uniquely segregated nursing homes.

A Phillips County jury awarded landowners $134,000 after a prominent Kansas hog producer illegally installed pipe on their property to transfer liquified waste from a confined-animal facility so it could be sprayed on fields from irrigation pivots. A judge hasn't set punitive damages against Terry Nelson and Julia Nelson of northcentral Kansas. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Phillips County jury sticks hog producer with $134,000 judgment in rare trespassing case

By: - August 5, 2021

Prominent Phillips County hog producer hit with $134,000 jury judgment after trespassing on neighbors' land to install pipe to carry liquified hog waste to fields.

Prescription for faulty communication in operating rooms: Be explicit, not polite

By: - August 4, 2021

KU, UMKC researchers point to miscommunication problems in surgery as risk to patients and impediment to training of surgeons.

An undetermined number of older Kansas license plates are losing their skins and raising the prospect of motorists being ticketed because law enforcement unable to distinguish the numbers and letters. (Submitted)

Older raised-letter Kansas license plates subject to distortion from surface blisters

By: - August 3, 2021

More than 1 million old Kansas license plates are in jeopardy of peeling, and motorists in the state are legally responsible for securing replacements for damaged plates.

The state’s Office of Rural Prosperity worked with the Kansas Sampler Foundation on a statewide survey thta showed young adults in rural Kansas need better job opportunities, housing and child care to keep them from moving to urban areas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Future of Kansas’ rural communities hinges on advancing child care, housing, jobs

By: - August 2, 2021

New report: Rural development in Kansas depends on addressing child-care, business development shortfalls along with broadband and housing gaps.

Southern cities epicenter of civil rights history, flanked by Topeka and D.C.

By: - August 2, 2021

Sweep of the U.S. Civil Rights Trail covers prominent landmarks in the South as well as Topeka in the Midwest an D.C. in the Northeast.