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.
COVID-19 surge: Unvaccinated frustrate Sebelius, socialist ‘lunacy’ irritates Colyer
By: Tim Carpenter - July 21, 2021
Former Democratic Gov. Sebelius ready to restrain unvaccinated, while former GOP Gov. Colyer refers to the notion as "crazy socialist idea."
Kansas officials honor 102-year-old World War II vet raising money for frontline health workers
By: Tim Carpenter - July 20, 2021
World War II veteran, 102, visits Kansas Capitol to raise money to honor frontline workers in COVID-19 pandemic.
KDHE report affirms education, income, race and gender influence health risks
By: Tim Carpenter - July 19, 2021
Kansas' latest statewide health survey affirms poor, minorities and undereducated most at risk for serious health challenges.
Colyer’s narrow miss in 2018 fueling resurgent GOP campaign for governor
By: Tim Carpenter - July 12, 2021
TOPEKA — Republican Jeff Colyer is confident he would have defeated Democrat Laura Kelly in the November 2018 race for governor. The impediment to a Colyer-Kelly showdown, of course, was that Colyer fell 172 votes short of beating Kris Kobach in the closest statewide GOP primary election in Kansas history. “Everybody agrees that if we […]
Building wetlands along waterways best option to deter runoff from Midwest crop fields
By: Tim Carpenter - July 11, 2021
New research suggests construction of large wetlands the most cost-effective way to limit chemical runoff and sediment loss in Midwest states.
LaTurner urges COVID-19 vaccination, dismisses idea of state or federal mandates
By: Tim Carpenter - July 9, 2021
OTTAWA — U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner is convinced the United States faces crisis on five fronts tied to the economy, energy independence, border security, cyber attacks and cultural erosion. The list offered by the freshman GOP congressman at a town hall Thursday in the Ottawa Public Library didn’t highlight the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed […]
Kansas suspends collection of $16 million in annual fees paid by securities industry
By: Tim Carpenter - July 7, 2021
Kansas agency suspends collection of $16 million in securities oversight fees after Legislature promises not to raid fee funds.
Warren enters GOP contest for attorney general, knocks ‘never-win’ candidates
By: Tim Carpenter - July 6, 2021
Kansas GOP field expands in race for attorney general with entrance of Sen. Warren, who launched opening salvo at rival Kobach.
Former U.S. Sens. Dole, Roberts endorse Schmidt in Kansas GOP primary for governor
By: Tim Carpenter - July 6, 2021
Kansas Republican heavyweights Robert Dole and Pat Roberts endorse Attorney General Derek Schmidt in the 2022 campaign for governor.
Paddling through opportunities, challenges on one of Kansas’ last wild places
By: Tim Carpenter - July 5, 2021
Riverkeeper Dawn Buehler paddling hard to celebrate wildness of the Kansas River in recreational, educational and environmental terms.
C-SPAN survey of presidential leadership adds sparkle to Eisenhower, Truman
By: Tim Carpenter - July 4, 2021
Eisenhower secures 5th and Truman 6th in U.S. presidential leadership survey, while Trump ranks 41st out of 44.
State tax revenue eclipses Kansas projections by $758 million in past fiscal year
By: Tim Carpenter - July 2, 2021
Kansas state government tax revenue collections surpass fiscal year projection by $758 million.