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.

Salina Republican Tracey Mann, upper right, defeated Bill Clifford, of Garden City, in the 1st District primary Tuesday, while Garden City Democrat Kali Barnett, lower left, prevailed in a primary campaign against Christy Cauble Davis, of Cottonwood Falls. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. House, 1st District: GOP candidate Tracey Mann prevails in bitter primary feud

By: - August 4, 2020

Former Lt. Gov. Tracey Mann wins 1st District GOP primary for U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall's seat, setting a November showdown with Democrat Kali Barnett.

Kansas election offices have been flooded with advance voting ballots as COVID-19 and competitive races prompted people to express themselves in a safely before Election Day on Tuesday. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas voters pivot to advance by-mail voting amid COVID-19

By: and - August 4, 2020

TOPEKA — Six times the number of advance by-mail ballots have been returned to local election offices in Kansas compared to the 2016 and 2018 primary elections with the surge in popularity tied to competitive races and the pandemic. Secretary of State Scott Schwab, who serves as the state’s top elections officer, said 159,000 voters […]

A joint House and Senate budget committee Monday was given an update on the state's troubled unemployment system and debated the allocation of $60 million in federal CARES Act funding for broadband service improvements. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

House, Senate members dive into unemployment, broadband shortcomings

By: - August 3, 2020

Kansas legislators explored shortcomings of the unemployment system derailed by COVID-19 and implications of investing $60 million in broadband expansion.

Senate President Susan Wagle, a Wichita Republican, said she wasn't confident in the COVID-19 fatality figures released by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She also expressed concern decisions about school openings are based on insufficient testing of the Kansas population. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Senate President Susan Wagle sheds light on ending U.S. Senate bid, views of Trump and Kelly

By: - August 3, 2020

In 2020, family trumps politics for GOP Sen. Susan Wagle. She opines on Kansas Reflector podcast on Trump, Kelly and COVID-19.

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, a Kansas Democrat serving the 3rd District, says President Donald Trump's latest round of executive orders don't come close to meeting the COVID-19 needs of Kansas families. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas delegation beats drum for jobless aid, liability cloak, ‘sound’ tax reform

By: - July 31, 2020

Kansas congressional delegation anxious to push bills on unemployment benefit, business liability protection and tax reform for recording industry.

Democrat Aaron Coleman, of Kansas City, Kan., says controversy about his stalking women while in middle school and other issues lead him to believe it best to quit his race for the 37th District seat in the Kansas House. He won the August primary against Rep. Stan Frownfelter. (Submitted to Kansas Reflector)

‘Mask it or casket’: Democratic House candidate hopes GOP stricken by COVID-19

By: - July 31, 2020

Kansas House Democratic candidate Aaron Coleman says GOP politicans shouldn't wear masks so they get sick and do poorly in November elections.

Kansas candidates for U.S. Senate and congressional seats during the primary ending Tuesday have produced a record number of TV commercials and flooded homes with direct-mail postcards that offer pointed commentary. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Avalanche of Kansas ads in GOP primary races ignore restraint

By: - July 30, 2020

The GOP U.S. Senate and congressional primaries in Kansas prompted a record number of campaign commercials spewing high doses of venom.

Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, R-Overland Park, opposed Gov. Laura Kelly's plan to add $100 weekly in state funding to $300 in weekly federal aid under a plan developed by President Donald Trump. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas officials endorse expenditure of $254 million in federal COVID-19 aid

By: - July 29, 2020

The State Finance Council agreed to invest $254 million in federal COVID-19 aid in education, public health and economic development initiatives.

Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed a bill Friday that would have established a new three-person board to control distribution of about $500 million in federal COVID-19 aid to Kansas businesses claiming damages from temporary closures or other pandemic restrictions. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas executive order extends option to renew driver’s licenses online

By: - July 29, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly renews executive order allowing people under 65 to apply for driver's license renewals online.

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab says he welcomed the decision by a Shawnee County District Court judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Democrats in an attempt to speed implementation of a voting reform law allowing people to cast ballots from any polling station in the county. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Judge dismisses Democrats’ voting lawsuit against SOS Scott Schwab

By: - July 28, 2020

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab says Democrats and the ACLU should stop filing frivolous elections lawsuits that waste taxpayer dollars.

Lee Norman, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, said the spread of COVID-19 provided extra incentive for people to get an influenza vaccination. He expects Kansas hospital resources to be stretched this fall and winter from exposure to the flu and coronavirus. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

New Kansas privacy law crimps contact tracing for COVID-19

By: - July 28, 2020

TOPEKA — The Shawnee County Health Department took the extraordinary step of issuing a public health advisory July 7 warning travelers COVID-19 cases had been linked to the restrooms and food court at an Interstate 70 service area. Given the steady flow of humanity through the rest stop east of Topeka from July 2 to […]

Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday she supported allocation of $60 million in federal funding for expansion of broadband services in Kansas and would endorse additional spending to help with education, business and health care services tied to the internet. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly sounds COVID-19 alarm — again — as number of cases mounts

By: - July 27, 2020

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly warned Kansans on Monday indifference about wearing masks and social distancing may lead to new restrictions to battle COVID-19.