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.

Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas endorsed for reelection Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly rather than Republican gubernatorial nominee Derek Schmidt, who previously worked for Kassebaum. (Thad Allton for Kansas Reflector)

Former U.S. Sen. Kassebaum endorses Democrat Kelly in Kansas governor’s race

By: - October 3, 2022

Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum endorses for reelection Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly rather than GOP nominee Derek Schmidt.

Matt Lindsey, president of the Kansas Independent College Association, and Heather Morgan, executive director of the Kansas Community College Association, said an agreement among 39 colleges in those organizations would guarantee students earning an associate's degree at a community college opportunity to enroll at one of the independent colleges as juniors, transfer 60 credit hours of courses and not be required to take more general education classes. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas community colleges, private colleges adopt student transfer agreement

By: - October 3, 2022

Kansas' 19 community colleges and 20 independent colleges adopt student transfer agreement to guarantee acceptance of 60 credit hours of basic courses.

The American Association of University Professors urges Emporia State University to rescind dismissal notices issued to as many as 33 faculty in wake of the personnel shakeup ordered by ESU president Ken Hush. (Margaret Mellott/Kansas Reflector)

AAUP asserts faculty dismissals at Emporia State a ‘grave’ threat to academic freedom, tenure

By: - September 30, 2022

AAUP urged Emporia State University administrators to rescind dismissal of up to 33 faculty and end the ongoing assault on academic freedom and tenure.

National Journal's updated assessment of the Kansas governor's race points to Attorney General Derek Schmidt's "lackluster campaign" and Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's focus on "kitchen-table" issues and the August rejection by Kansas voters of the abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

National Journal’s take on Kansas governor’s race: ‘What’s the matter with Kansas?’

By: - September 30, 2022

National Journal's update on Kansas governor's race questioned the campaign of Republican nominee Derek Schmidt against Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly.

University of Kansas attracted the second-largest freshman class in the university's history on heels of KU basketball coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks winning the NCAA Tournament championship. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas public university, community and technical college headcount declines 1%

By: - September 29, 2022

Kansas public university, community and technical college enrollment dips 1%, despite 5% surge at WSU and 10% bump at Barton Community College.

Natalie Ellis appears in ad to support Derek Schmidt

After Wichita mom stars in Schmidt attack ad, defenders of Kelly as ‘education governor’ pounce

By: - September 29, 2022

Democrat Laura Kelly responds to an attack ad from Republican Derek Schmidt on education policy, a key issue in the 2022 campaign for Kansas governor.

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly of Topeka, left, and Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt of Lawrence enter the two-week push ahead of the Nov. 8 election for Kansas governor. (Photos by Sherman Smith and Thad Allton/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly backs school sales tax holiday, tax relief for elderly and quicker end of 6.5% food tax

By: - September 29, 2022

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly unveils first plank of second-term agenda ahead of Nov. 8 showdown with GOP nominee Derek Schmidt.

Matt Fletcher, executive director of InterHab, said about 28,500 workers providing home or community-based care to people with disabilities in Kansas welcome bonuses made possible through $51 million in federal funding received by the state. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Bonuses flowing to Kansas workers providing direct care for people with disabilities

By: - September 28, 2022

Kansas is dedicating $51 million in federal funding to bonuses for 28,500 workers providing home or community care to people with disabilities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ordered Michael Skillman, owner of Victory Excavating in Coffey County, to remove debris dumped in at least 3.7 acres of wetlands near the Neosho River in violation of the federal law. (Getty Images)

EPA orders Kansas company to stop polluting wetlands, remediate 3.7 acres

By: - September 27, 2022

EPA demands repeat Clean Water Act polluter clean up illegal dump on at least 3.7 acres of wetlands near Neosho River.

Former Gov. Mike Hayden, a Republican who also served as Kansas House speaker, endorsed Democratic Gov. Laura's Kelly's reelection over Republican nominee Derek Schmidt, the state's attorney general. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Gov. Laura Kelly's YouTube post)

Former Kansas GOP governor Hayden endorses reelection of Democrat Kelly

By: - September 27, 2022

Former GOP Gov. Mike Hayden endorses Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's reelection in her contest against Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

Kansas GOP congressional candidate Amanda Adkins raised an alarm about federal funding for more IRS agents, while opponent U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids challenged Adkins' opposition to a potential ban on abortion in the United States. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Adkins taps into anxiety of IRS audit surge, criticizes Kansas Democrats’ focus on abortion

By: - September 27, 2022

GOP congressional candidate Amanda Adkins stokes fear of IRS audits, while U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids questions Adkins' position on abortion rights.

The campaign for Kansas governor takes form of a stage debate with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Republican gubernatorial nominee Derek Schmidt, but also features more than 40 commercials designed to disparage. (Jill Hummels for the Kansas Reflector)

Kansas ads in governor’s race: Often misleading, disparaging with a partisan dash of truth

By: - September 26, 2022

Kansas governor's race roils with aid of more than 40 candidate and special-interest group ads banking on distortion, exaggeration to win votes.