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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.

Cancellation of the Kansas State Fair created an estimated $2.3 million revenue shortfall that fair officials want to be filled through a state or federal bailout. Some livestock events are being held, but the Pronto Pup, regarded as a banquet on a stick, won't be available until the fair in September 2021. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas State Fair outlines $2.3 million revenue shortfall, requests budget bailout

By: - September 4, 2020

TOPEKA — Cancelling commercial aspects of the Kansas State Fair compelled the organization to halt building renovations, impose staffing cuts and set in motion a plan to raid its charitable foundation to cover an estimated $2.3 million revenue shortfall. David Tobias, interim general manager of the state fair, said the state fair could avoid some […]

The Republican majority on the State Finance Council voted down Thursday a plan endorsed by Gov. Laura Kelly, to seek $300 in weekly supplemental federal unemployment benefit that would be matched by $100 weekly paid by the state. Kansas will apply for the $300 weekly benefit from FEMA. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

GOP blocks Gov. Laura Kelly’s request for a $400 weekly surge in jobless benefits

By: - September 3, 2020

Gov. Laura Kelly says state Department of Labor will apply for $300 in weekly supplemental jobless benefits paid by the federal government.

Republican Tracey Mann, campaigning for the 1st District congressional race against Democrat Kali Barnett, says the United States must learned how to coexist with COVID-19 because trillions of federal dollars, business shutdowns and vaccine research may all fall short. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. House, Senate candidates dive into desires and jitters of COVID-19 response

By: - September 3, 2020

TOPEKA — Democratic congressional candidate Kali Barnett is convinced Congress must pass a new COVID-19 stimulus bill for struggling businesses and the millions of unemployed people despite cringeworthy accumulation of trillions of dollars in federal debt. “Right now it is incredibly important that we take care of our working Americans,” said Barnett, who is running […]

The Kansas Legislature's auditors say industrial hemp remains a risky crop but growing expertise and development of markets for the plants fiber, grain and floral parts could generate more than $20 million annually in revenue within several years. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Legislature’s auditors assess economic prospects of Kansas’ fledgling hemp crop

By: - September 2, 2020

Value of Kansas' hemp crop in 2019 was modest, while Kansas State University is studying potential of using hemp flowers as cattle feed.

State and federal agencies reported the Kansas unemployment rate dropped in November to 3.6%, a reduction from 3.9% in September and October. Joblessness at outset of the COVID-19 pandemic was 12.6% in April 2020. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

EPA targets two southeast Kansas lead smelter sites for Superfund list

By: - September 2, 2020

The federal Environmental Protection Agency is focusing on two southeast Kansas lead smelting sites for inclusion in the Superfund program.

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.