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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.

From left: Former Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell, soon-to-be replaced Kansas House Rep. Michael Capps and ouster-target Wichita City Councilman James Clendenin are part of a bizarre conspiracy to derail Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple that blew up in their faces. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Wichita councilman Clendenin still fighting scandal-plagued collapse of his political career

By: - November 28, 2020

Three Wichita Republicans who allegedly conspired to undercut Democrat running for mayor trigger scandal slowly eroding their own political careers.

The potential departure of the University of Oklahoma and University of Texas from the Big 12 Conference has implications for the future of athletics at Kansas State University and the University of Kansas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Supreme Court tackles 15-year feud on flawed installation of glass panels at KU football stadium

By: - November 27, 2020

Supreme Court referees 15-year contest between companies involved in unsafe installation of glass facade on KU's Memorial Stadium press box.

Traci Blackmon, associate general minister with United Church of Christ in Kansas and Oklahoma, says UCC donations erasing $5.2 million in medical debt for people in 76 Kansas and 60 Oklahoma counties is a wonderful Thanksgiving blessing and a clarion call to address crippling health care costs. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

A gift and clarion call: Churches liberate Kansas, Oklahoma residents of $5.2M in medical debt

By: - November 26, 2020

Twenty United Church of Christ congregations in Kansas and Oklahoma donated enough to deliver $5.2 million in medical debt relief to 3,200 households.

Kansas community colleges: No reason to take politics out of higher education mergers

By: - November 25, 2020

Kansas' 19 community colleges oppose amending state law to end legislative consent for mergers of universities and community colleges.

Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran released a statement to constituents saying President Donald Trump has the right to wage a legal fight for a fair counting of votes in the presidential election, but should offer presumed Democrat Joe Biden the national security briefings and other support common to transition to a new president. (Submitted)

U.S. Sen. Moran says review of voting affirms President-elect Biden winner of 2020 race

By: and - November 24, 2020

Kansas U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran says Joe Biden should receive briefings typical of an incoming president despite Donald Trump's legal challenges.

GOP legislators: Kansans choosing jobless benefits cheat system, guilty of ‘complacency’

By: - November 23, 2020

TOPEKA — The pandemic’s building strength in Kansas exacerbates the threat to public health and further diminishes the survivability of businesses and the availability of good jobs. It also generates political frustration at the Capitol as hundreds of millions of dollars flow to the unemployed and the state trust fund built by employers to cover […]

Cheryl Harrison-Lee, chairwoman of the Kansas Board of Regents, said the higher education system's $161 million budget request can drive student success and drive economic growth. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas higher education leaders believe pandemic experience justifies risk of in-person instruction

By: - November 21, 2020

Kansas higher education officials are relieved to get through the fall semester with COVID-19 and plan to resume in-person instruction in 2021.

Gov. Laura Kelly and legislators on the State Finance Council agreed to reallocate $38 million in federal CARES Act money to urgent needs amid the COVID-19 surge and to earmark money unspent on Dec. 31 to the state's shrinking unemployment insurance fund. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Kelly strikes COVID-19 deal with GOP legislators: Here’s what you need to know

By: - November 20, 2020

Kansas governor and legislative leaders unite behind plan shifting $38 million in COVID-19 disaster aid and to bolster state's dwindling unemployment fund.

Gov. Laura Kelly's chief counsel is departing for job at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, and his replacement will be attorney working in the Kansas Department of Labor. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas’ unemployment rate dips to 5.3% in October, down from April high of 11.9%

By: - November 20, 2020

Good news in Kansas unemployment report for October: Jobless rate falls to 5.3% to continue a sixth-month trend during COVID-19 pandemic.

Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative in the administration of President Donald Trump, said Thursday at the Dole Institute of Politics the president overcame skeptics to reform trade policy to benefit working Americans and to drive down the trade deficit with China. (Kansas Reflector)

U.S. trade ambassador Lighthizer: Trump shifts policy for benefit of American workers

By: - November 20, 2020

Former aide to U.S. Bob Dole serving as President Trump's trade negotiator says trade with China is forever changed for benefit of working Americans.

House Speaker Ron Ryckman, left, and House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins will retain their leadership positions in the House for the 2021 session, while Senate Republicans elected Sen. Ty Masterson, an Andover Republican, to be Senate president. (Nick Krug/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas legislative leaders eager to develop plan for fortifying Capitol against COVID-19

By: - November 19, 2020

Kansas legislative leaders are weighing what public health steps are necessary to protect lawmakers from COVID-19 when next session starts in January.

Gov. Laura Kelly issues new statewide mask mandate, adding teeth to anti-coronavirus directive

By: and - November 18, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly issues executive order mandating wearing off masks in Kansas that requires county officials to take a public vote to opt out.