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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.

Gov. Laura Kelly signed legislation Monday that imposed a statewide prohibition on cities or counties creating so-called "sanctuaries" from federal immigration enforcement actions. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kelly signs bill spiking Wyandotte County’s adoption of ‘sanctuary’ city policy

By: - April 11, 2022

Kansas governor signs GOP-fashioned legislature to reject Wyandotte County's "sanctuary city" policy designed to assist undocumented immigrants.

Gov. Laura Kelly speaks during a news conference about the COVID-19 pandemic with the assistance of a sign language interpreter. Kelly signed a bill adding regulatory oversight of school hearing tests and of sign language interpreters in Kansas. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas governor signs bill modifying free vision screening of school children

By: - April 11, 2022

Gov. Laura Kelly signs bill bringing greater regulatory oversight to school vision tests and professional standards of sign language interpreters.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran and Roger Marshall, Kansas Republicans, endorsed a Senate measure recognizing the role of other states in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954. The above mural honoring the decision is in the Kansas Capitol building. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Moran, Marshall laud broadening of Brown v. Board education commemorations

By: - April 11, 2022

U.S. senators from Kansas endorse measure broadening recognition of other states in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954.

A $5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation will finance movement to Kaw Nation land the large sacred rock placed in a Lawrence public park nearly 100 years ago to honor settlers in the region. The repatriation of the rock is expected to be finished next sprint. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Grant of $5 million allows return of Kaw Nation spiritual rock misappropriated in 1929

By: - April 10, 2022

A $5 million grant will finance return to tribal land a sacred Native American rock appropriated by the City of Lawrence to honor settlers.

The Kansas Board of Healing Arts issued a response to the "unprecedented" letter on treatment of COVID-19 patients sent to about 250 health care providers by Sen. Mark Steffen, a Hutchinson Republican who has advocated off-label use of ivermectin in the pandemic. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Board of Healing Arts answers senator’s ‘unprecedented’ COVID-19 letter

By: - April 8, 2022

Kansas Board of Healing Arts issues response to "unprecedented" letter sent medical professionals on COVID-19 treatment by GOP Sen. Mark Steffen.

Daniel Shipp, a Nebraska higher education administrator, was selected Friday to serve as president of Pittsburg State University in southeast Kansas. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Pittsburg State University)

Nebraska college administrator selected president of Pittsburg State University

By: - April 8, 2022

Nebraska higher education administrator selected as new president of Pittsburg State University in Kansas.

Gov. Laura Kelly signed a collection of bipartisan bills approved by the Kansas Legislature, including a measure allowing people with disabilities to open savings accounts with the state treasurer.(Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly signs bipartisan bill creating disability savings program

By: - April 8, 2022

Gov. Laura Kelly signs bipartisan bill allowing people with disabilities to create special savings account with state treasurer.

The Kansas Supreme Court conducted oral argument Wednesday night in a case challenging ouster of the Kansas Highway Patrol colonel in 2019. The former KHP leader filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, but a federal judge asked the state Supreme Court for help interpreting state employment law. (Kansas Reflector screen capture of Kansas Supreme photograph)

Kansas Supreme Court works to clarify state law for lawsuit filed by former KHP colonel

By: - April 7, 2022

Kansas Supreme Court asked by federal judge to referee meaning of poorly written state employment law tied to lawsuit filed by former KHP colonel.

Two members of the Kansas House say they heard Rep. Paul Waggoner, R-Hutchinson, claim the gender pay gap was due to men working harder than women. The comment purportedly occurred during a Women's History Month event. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Two Kansas House members say representative offered ‘we work harder’ defense of gender pay gap

By: and - April 6, 2022

Two women in the Kansas House say a male colleague, during Women's History Month event, said the gender pay gap was due to men working harder than women.

Rep. Adam Smith, R-Weskan, and chairman of the House Taxation Committee, ushered through the House a bill cutting state tax revenue by $90 million annually. Contents of the measure was drawn from 29 different bills. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas tax reform bundle sent to governor amassed from shards of 29 different bills

By: - April 5, 2022

Legislature sends Gov. Kelly bill with collage of tax adjustments but big-ticket reforms, including food sales tax, on ice until lawmakers return April 25.

Perry Wiggins, executive director of the Governor's Military Council and a retired U.S. Army three-star general, urged the 2022 Legislature to approve a Statehouse grounds memorial to Gold Star families. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from Kansas Legislature YouTube channel)

Kelly signs legislation authorizing Gold Star family memorial at Capitol

By: - April 4, 2022

The Legislature unanimously approved and Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill authorizing installation of a Gold Star family memorial on the Statehouse grounds.

Rep. Barb Wasinger, R-Hays, said the competitive integrity of sports teams for girls and women had to be protected from an influx of transgender athletes through a bill sent to Gov. Laura Kelly. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Disputed Kansas anti-transgender sports bill either a personal affront or saving grace

By: - April 4, 2022

Kansas Legislature forwarded a bill banning transgender athletes from participating in public school sports teams for girls and women.