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.

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)

Democrat Aaron Coleman says controversies driving him from House race

By: - August 23, 2020

Democratic nominee for the Kansas House, Aaron Coleman of Kansas City, Kan., says he intends to quit the campaign due to questions about his behavior.

The July unemployment rate in the five-county Topeka area fell to 6.9%, while the statewide figure settled at 7.2%. The metro region with the highest jobless rate was Wichita at 10.9% in July. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

July unemployment in Kansas falls to 7.2%, still double normal rate

By: - August 22, 2020

TOPEKA — The number of unemployed Kansans has fallen during the pandemic from a high of 179,000 in April to 106,000 in July. The Kansas Department of Labor and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said the seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 7.2% in July. That was down from 7.5% in June and below […]

New research published by the University of Kansas suggests two prominent federal surveys undercount the number of U.S. residents with disabilities and results in misdirection of health care resources. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

KU group seeks delay of in-person instruction, fraternities put parties on ice

By: - August 22, 2020

KU faculty, staff leaders ask for two-week delay in scheduled Monday start of in-person classes, while KU fraternities ban parties to deter COVID-19.

Kansas rights commission embracing broader definition of sex discrimination

By: - August 21, 2020

Kansas Human Rights Commission is expanding its reach following federal court decision defining sex discrimination to include LGBTQ complaints.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, celebrated the decision to allocate $356 million for construction of a new federal prison and a prison camp to replace the 120-year-old U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran touts potential of new $356 million federal prison at Leavenworth

By: - August 20, 2020

LEAVENWORTH — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran joined the U.S. Bureau of Prisons director and the Leavenworth penitentiary warden Thursday to extol allocation of $356 million for construction of a new prison and satellite prison camp that would keep one of the area’s largest employers intact. Moran said it was the largest federally financed building project […]

The Kansas congressional delegation has mixed feelings about the Trump administrations now-suspended effort to cut costs at the United States Post Office in ways that could jeopardize timely delivery of mail and complicate voting in the November election. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall describes Postal Service controversy as ‘so-called crisis’

By: - August 20, 2020

U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall says "fearmongering" by Democrats, journalists give rise to fake crisis at U.S. Postal Service.

House Minority Leader Tom Sawyer, a Wichita Democrat, says the 2021 Legislature needs to work hard on a bill to legalize sports gambling because the state government needs the new revenue. (Nick Krug for Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Democrats campaigning to end GOP supermajorities in House, Senate

By: - August 19, 2020

Democratic candidates for the Legislature want to pick up four seats in November to end the Republican supermajority in House and Senate.

KDHE: Wider testing, quicker results ‘secret sauce’ to dealing with COVID-19 in Kansas

By: - August 19, 2020

KDHE secretary, Senate GOP leader agree Kansas needs to ramp up COVID-19 testing capacity, speed lab turnaround times.

U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier, middle right, said Tuesday on a conference call with other Kansas Democratic candidates that Republican Senate nominee Roger Marshall ill-advisedly opposed expansion of Medicaid services in Kansas during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Senate nominees, both physicians, offer conflicting diagnosis of Medicaid expansion

By: - August 18, 2020

TOPEKA — Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Barbara Bollier sought Tuesday to highlight GOP nominee Roger Marshall’s opposition to Medicaid expansion in Kansas and to federal legislation strengthening access to health coverage supported by the Affordable Care Act. Bollier, a state senator from Mission Hills and a retired anesthesiologist, said during a conference call with other […]

Kansas Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran released a statement to constituents saying President Donald Trump has the right to wage a legal fight for a fair counting of votes in the presidential election, but should offer presumed Democrat Joe Biden the national security briefings and other support common to transition to a new president. (Submitted)

Sen. Jerry Moran urges U.S. postmaster to work with Congress on bipartisan reform

By: - August 18, 2020

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran asks Postal Service to pause unilateral reforms and work with Congress on bipartisan bill to stabilize the agency.

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)

Gov. Laura Kelly reimposes temporary statewide ban on foreclosures, evictions

By: - August 17, 2020

TOPEKA — Gov. Laura Kelly’s frustration with inability of Congress to advance a new coronavirus relief package culminated Monday in signing of an executive order prohibiting mortgage foreclosures as well as residential or commercial evictions in Kansas due to financial hardship created by the pandemic. She said her order was identical to a statewide mandate […]

Clockwise from top left: Democratic U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids faces Republican Amanda Adkins in the 3rd District, and Republican state Treasurer Jake LaTurner faces Democratic Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla in the 2nd District. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Rep. Sharice Davids kicks off Democratic convention, takes swipe at GOP opponent Amanda Adkins

By: - August 17, 2020

TOPEKA — U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas is serving as one of eight vice chairs of the Democratic National Convention downsized from a celebration with thousands of people packed in a Milwaukee convention hall to a virtual event with delegates staying at home. Davids, seeking re-election in the 3rd District of eastern Kansas, said […]