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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.

The Kansas Department of Labor responded to an increase in credible threats of violence against the agency and its employees by suspending on camera television interviews. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Senate panel backs appointment of new healing arts board director

By: - September 14, 2020

Kansas Senate committee votes to remove interim tag from executive director of the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which monitors 31,000 health professionals.

Kansas State University researchers involved in a $1.3 million research project to protect meat plant workers and surrounding communities from the spread of COVID-19 includes, from left, Randy Phebus, Sally Davis, Valentina Trinetta, Sara Gragg and Daniel Vega. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas State researchers to explore spread of COVID-19 at packing plants

By: - September 14, 2020

TOPEKA — Researchers at Kansas State University will rely on a combination of state and federal funding to study effectiveness of sanitation procedures at livestock processing facilities designed to inactivate the virus causing COVID-19. The project relies on a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and $330,000 from the state of Kansas’ […]

Michelle De La Isla: U.S. House candidate pledges liberty, justice for all in Kansas

By: - September 14, 2020

Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, Democratic nomine for U.S. House in the 2nd District, wants Kansans to have an honest conversation about race.

A district court judge determined state Sen. Julia Lynn can withdraw from the November ballot after reversing Secretary of State Scott Schwab's decision to block her removal because her medical-hardship petition didn't comply with state law. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Judge grants Sen. Julia Lynn’s request to be removed from November ballot

By: and - September 11, 2020

Sen. Julia Lynn's appeal to be dropped from the November ballot was affirmed by a judge after her request was rejected by the secretary of state.

Gov. Laura Kelly joined political, university and industry representatives to announce a $650 million investment by Scorpion Biological Services in a new 500,000-square-foot biomanufacturing facility in Manhattan expected to create 500 jobs within seven years. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly, legislators agree on extension of COVID-19 emergency declaration

By: - September 11, 2020

Extension of Kansas' emergency disaster declaration for COVID-19 sought be Gov. Laura Kelly is tangled in a dispute with GOP legislators.

A state committee voted to endorse a proposal to install a memorial on the Kansas Capitol grounds in honor of Gold Star families, who have a family member who died as a result of military service. Gov. Laura Kelly said the memorial was requested by the only remaining Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas flags fly at half-staff to honor victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks

By: - September 11, 2020

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's executive order directs flags be flown Friday at half-staff to honor those killed and injured in terrorist attacks Sept. 11, 2001.

The Kansas Board of Regents will ask Gov. Laura Kelly and the 2021 Kansas Legislature to restore $35 million cut from university budgets despite a plea from Mark Hutton, a Wichita member of the board, the request will be viewed by lawmakers as "tone deaf" to the state's significant budget problems. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Board of Regents to seek restoration of $35 million cut from university budgets

By: - September 10, 2020

The Kansas Board of Regents will ask lawmakers to restore $35 million cut from state aid to universities despite a looming budget crisis.

The Kansas Department of Corrections led by secretary Jeff Zmuda says a fifth inmate who contracted COVID-19 has died. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Fifth Kansas prison inmate dies after diagnosed with COVID-19

By: - September 10, 2020

A fifth inmate held by the Kansas Department of Corrections has died after contracting COVID-19. About 300 staff and inmates have active cases of the virus.

Blake Flanders, left, president of the Kansas Board of Regents, says Kansas needs to invest tax dollars to build greater opportunities statewide for high school students to earn early college credit. At right is Bill Feuerborn, chairman of the state Board of Regents. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas education officials pressing harder to expand concurrent enrollment

By: - September 10, 2020

TOPEKA — The two state boards with oversight of Kansas public education plan to more rigorously push for expansion of enrollment and funding of programs allowing high school students to earn college credit. Members of the Kansas Board of Regents and the Kansas Board of Education meeting Wednesday to discuss issues of mutual interest agreed […]

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall joined Kansas Republicans Steve Watkins and Ron Estes as well as Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids in voting against the COVID-19 stimulus bill approved by the U.S. House. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Marshall’s GOP campaign hijacks, manipulates videos in bid to discredit Bollier

By: - September 9, 2020

U.S. Senate GOP candidate Roger Marshall not apologizing for attack ad that takes out of context remarks by Democratic nominee Barbara Bollier.

Dale Dennis, the deputy commissioner at the Kansas State Department of Education, will retire after 53 years at the agency. His career in education extends to 1959, which he started work as a classroom teacher in Kansas. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas education finance ‘icon’ Dale Dennis to retire after 53 years

By: - September 9, 2020

Kansas State Department of Education deputy commissioner Dale Dennis is to retire after devoting more than half a century to education.

Former Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who also served in the Obama administration's Cabinet, is subject of a new Washburn University and KTWU documentary "Red State/blue Governor: Kansas' Kathleen Sebelius." (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Former HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius: ‘God help us’ with vaccine rollout

By: - September 8, 2020

Former HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius has reservations about Trump administration's ability to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to the nation.