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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.

Anti-Coleman PAC forms to undercut Democratic nominee for Kansas House

By: - September 1, 2020

Democratic nominee Aaron Coleman is the target of a PAC with the singular goal of derailing his bid for a seat in the Kansas House.

Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday during a news conference at the Capitol that counties can use federal COVID-19 aid to buy more drop boxes to handle anticipated flood of advance voting in the November election. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly urges counties to buy more advance ballot drop boxes for November election

By: - August 31, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly says federal COVID-19 aid can be used by counties to add advance voting drop boxes to avoid lines at polling stations in November.

Bleachers at the University of Kansas' football stadium will remain empty for the Jayhawks' scheduled home game in September due to concern about spread of the COVID-19 virus. Kansas State University is moving ahead with plans to limit seating at home to 25% of capacity. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

COVID-19 convinces KU to open football, three other sports seasons without fans in attendance

By: - August 31, 2020

Threat of COVID-19 leads University of Kansas to prohibit fan attendance at September football, volleyball, soccer and cross country events.

Kansas educator urges students to tap into COVID-19 experience via TikTok, Instagram

By: - August 31, 2020

University of Kansas faculty member says K-12 students can explore COVID-19's impact on their lives through TikTok, Instagram and other social media.

Members of the University of Kansas women's basketball team Friday led a Black Lives Matter march across campus to draw attention to pervasive racism and inequality. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KU women’s basketball team leads Black Lives Matter march across campus

By: - August 28, 2020

University of Kansas women's basketball team draws hundreds to Black Lives Matter march on campus in Lawrence.

Kansas farmer Donn Teske, who operates a family farm in Pottawatomie County, is featured in the documentary film "The Disrupted" that blends the experiences of three hard-working Americans struggling to make it economically. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas farmer at heart of ‘Disrupted’ documentary on dehumanizing economic forces

By: - August 28, 2020

TOPEKA — Fifth-generation Kansan Donn Teske’s commitment to family farm survival and humility inspired by German Lutheran lineage argued against taking part in a documentary capturing adversity of three seemingly divergent middle-class Americans compelled to adapt in a turbulent economy. Major health complications, staggering business debt and anxiety driven by a duty not to be […]

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 officials to apply for supplemental jobless benefit program launched by Trump

By: - August 27, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly directs Kansas officials to apply for new jobless aid program offering $300 per week in federal aid tied to $100 per week from the state.

Gov. Laura Kelly says the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, led by secretary Lee Norman, left, will distribute $8 million in federal aid to "essential" workers, including child-care workers and first responders infected with COVID-19. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas directs $8 million to aid ‘essential workers’ who contract COVID-19

By: - August 27, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly said $8 million in federal disaster funding will be set aside to cover health care expenses for essential workers and early-childhood professions infected with COVID-19. Under the initiative, assistance drawn from the CARES Act aid will be limited to $25,000 for uninsured individuals and $15,000 for insured individuals. Applications are available online […]

Gpv. Laura Kelly lauded a $200,000 grant from UnitedHealthcare to the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas in Pittsburg. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

UnitedHealthcare donates $200,000 to southeast Kansas health center

By: - August 26, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly lauds $200,000 donation to southeast Kansas health center and presses anew for Medicaid expansion.

Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health officials issues a quarantine order Wednesday for nine fraternities and sororities at the University of Kansas to deter the spread of COVID-19. The university began fall semester classes Monday and more than 200 students, faculty and staff have tested positive. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Douglas County health officials issuing quarantine orders to 10 Greek houses at KU

By: - August 26, 2020

Health officials in Douglas County issue quarantine order to nine fraternities and sororities and plan to add a 10th in bid to slow spread of COVID-19.

Kansas Attorney General Derek said elderly Kansans should be placed in line for the COVID-19 vaccination ahead of younger state prison inmates. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas attorney general keen for Legislature to fix shortcomings of state disaster law

By: - August 26, 2020

Attorney General Derek Schmidt says reform of Kansas' emergency management law is necessary given challenges surfacing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo references Eisenhower in pitch for Trump’s re-election

By: - August 25, 2020

Former Kansas congressman Mike Pompeo, who is the U.S. secretary of state, endorsed President Donald Trump's re-election in a recorded speech from Israel.