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.

Two majors in the Kansas Highway Patrol dismissed in July filed a federal lawsuit alleging wrongful termination and violation of their First Amendment constitutional rights. The former officers allege they were retaliated against for helping female KHP employees file complaints of sexual harassment and gender discrimination against KHP Col. Herman Jones and Lt. Col. Jason De Vore. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Two former KHP majors file lawsuit, claim dismissals echo warning not to be ‘subversive’

By: - December 5, 2020

Two former Kansas Highway Patrol majors file federal lawsuit claiming wrongful termination and alleging sexual harassment of female employees.

More than 60 members of the Kansas Legislature , both Republicans and Democrats, signed a letter urging more Kansans to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis by wearing a mask and adhering to other public safety recommendations. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Bipartisan group of 60-plus Kansas legislators issue ‘call to action’ against COVID-19

By: - December 4, 2020

Bipartisan group of 60 Kansas legislators sign call-to-action letter urging people to work harder to counter spread of COVID-19.

The Kansas Supreme Court dealt with a decision by the Kansas Court of Appeals by focusing on jurisdictional issues without defining boundaries of the Kansas Open Records Act as it pertained to public access to audio records of district court proceedings. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Former Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lockett dies after contracting COVID-19

By: - December 2, 2020

Retired Kansas Supreme Court Justice Lockett, appointed by Democratic Gov. Carline, dies at age 87 after contracting COVID-19.

Gov. Laura Kelly said initial COVID-19 vaccine shipments will be dedicated to medical personnel working with high-risk coronavirus patients and the vulnerable residents of nursing homes before turning to Phase 2 recipients above the age of 65 and people in lowe-risk health care jobs. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Kelly to direct December vaccine supply at COVID-19 health workers, nursing home residents

By: and - December 2, 2020

KDHE says number of Kansas who died with COVID-19 grew by 119 since Monday, bringing state's pandemic death toll in November closer to 700.

Kansas insurance commissioner Schmidt files for re-election in 2022

By: - December 2, 2020

Republican Vicki Schmidt, Kansas' insurance commissioner, files for re-election to regulatory post — nearly two years before next election.

Gov. Laura Kelly renewed an appeal for a new emergency federal COVID-19 package despite state tax revenue surpassing projections for November. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas tax revenue narrowly tops November target, governor seeks new federal aid

By: - December 1, 2020

Gov. Kelly urges Congress to adopt emergency aid package for state and local governments, despite November uptick in Kansas tax revenue.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said state law forbids his office from filing an ouster lawsuit against Rep. Michael Capps, a Wichita Republican implicated in a mayoral campaign scandal. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas law forbids attorney general from seeking ouster of Rep. Capps

By: - December 1, 2020

Kansas AG says state law forbids lawsuit to seek ouster of Wichita state Rep. Michael Capps for false attack ad against Democratic mayor.

Former Kansas AG Kline not letting absence of law license hinder work on Trump election-fraud fight

By: - December 1, 2020

TOPEKA — Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline resumed riding waves of contested-election controversy Tuesday in battleground states at the center of President Donald Trump’s bid to block ascent of President-elect Joe Biden. Kline’s role in the legal apparatus has been to help with a flurry of lawsuits alleging Trump was outflanked in key states […]

Adam Proffitt, who previously was director of Kansas' Medicaid program, will assume the job of state budget director at retirement of Larry Campbell, who has served Gov. Laura Kelly and Gov. Jeff Colyer. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Kelly turns to Amazon finance manager to replace retiring state budget director

By: - December 1, 2020

Kansas' new state budget director is an Amazon financial analyst with experience in the corporate world and state's vast Medicaid program.

A Kansas Department of Administration inquiry shows Kansas Highway Patrol insiders engaged in a coup attempt to oust KHP Col. Herman Jones and four other top KHP officers considered loyal to him. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas audit finds no evidence of rule violations in dismissal of two KHP majors

By: - November 30, 2020

The Kansas Legislature's auditors find no evidence Kansas Highway Patrol personnel policy was violated in firing of two KHP majors in July.

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.