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.

Kathy Winters, facing, hugs Cindy Poe during a hearing on foster care Monday in which they described the personal agony of having their grandchildren placed in foster care by the state of Kansas. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Heartbroken grandparents make emotional appeals for Kansas foster care reform

By: - September 22, 2020

Foster parents, extended family members cut off from grandchildren share their pain with members of Kansas Legislature.

Kansas organizations advocating for people with disabilities and elderly individuals are urging Lee Norman, left, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Gov. Laura Kelly to resume and expand public disclosure of COVID-19 clusters. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Disabled, elderly advocates eager for KDHE reporting of site-specific COVID-19 outbreaks

By: - September 21, 2020

Advocates of elderly and disabled people in Kansas are urging KDHE to resume facility-specific reporting on spread of COVID-19 infection.

Two Kansas lawmakers walking long road to legalizing medicinal marijuana

By: - September 21, 2020

Kansas legislators David Haley and Gail Finney are optimistic the 2021 Legislature can advance a bill legalizing medical marijuana.

The Kansas unemployment rate in November increased for the first time in six months to 5.6%. The rate in November 2019 was 3.1%, but the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the rate to a high of 11.9% in April (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Unemployment rate in Kansas declines to 6.9% in August

By: - September 19, 2020

The COVID-19 influenced unemployment rate in Kansas fell to 6.9% in August, a drop of 0.3%. It's still well above the 3.1% rate in August 2019.

Gov. Laura Kelly directed flags in Kansas be flown at half-staff until sundown Monday in honor U.S. military personnel killed in a suicide bombing attack at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas politicians pay tribute to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

By: - September 19, 2020

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly ordered U.S. flags in Kansas be flown at half-staff to honor late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Alan Conroy, executive director of the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System, speaks Friday to the board of trustees before discussion of the system's 1.7% return on investment last fiscal year, well below the 7.75% target. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas’ public pension system’s portfolio suffers from COVID-19 market volatility

By: - September 18, 2020

TOPEKA — The investment portfolio at the Kansas Public Employee Retirement System earned a fraction of the 7.75% return projected for last fiscal year, a consequence of economic challenges spawned by COVID-19, officials said Friday. KPERS reported a return of 1.7% in the fiscal year ending June 30, which reflected a startling 11.7% loss during […]

Coronavirus remains plague on Kansas’ tourism, entertainment and winery industries

By: - September 17, 2020

Government mandates and consumer anxiety in the COVID-19 pandemic continues to undermine tourism and entertainment businesses across Kansas.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier reported raising $13.5 million in the third quarter for the largest single-quarter fundraising total of any candidate in Kansas history. She is running for the open seat in Kansas against GOP nominee Roger Marshall. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Former GOP U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum endorses Democrat Barbara Bollier

By: - September 17, 2020

Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum, a Republican who served 18 years in that job, is endorsing Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Barbara Bollier.

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)

KDHE secretary temporarily halts disclosure of specific COVID-19 cluster sites

By: - September 16, 2020

TOPEKA — The Kansas Department of Health and Environment temporarily halted Wednesday release of precise information about COVID-19 clusters to modify metrics relied upon to inform the public about hot spots of the spreading virus. KDHE secretary Lee Norman plans to resume the reporting on clusters next week after modifying the list to concentrate attention […]

Rep. Tom Sawyer, the House Democrat leader from Wichita, is expected to file a complaint Monday seeking ouster of Rep.-elect Aaron Coleman, a Democrat from Kansas City, Kansas. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas lawmakers moving ahead with audio-visual technology upgrade at Capitol

By: - September 16, 2020

Kansas Legislature leaders agree to continue development of an audio-visual modernization project at the Capitol that may cost $5 million.

Brad Yaeger, president of Legacy Bank in Wichita, says federal stimulus money has helped most businesses and individuals make loan payments, but pressure to foreclose or evict people will rise in early 2021 with action by Congress on a new package. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas bankers wary of COVID-19 surge in foreclosures, evictions in early 2021

By: - September 16, 2020

Without a new federal COVID-19 stimulus package, Kansas bankers warn a state legislative committee of a possible surge in delinquent loans in early 2021.

Republican congressional candidate Amanda Adkins' spokesman Tuesday rejected validity of a complaint filed with the Federal Elections Commission alleging Adkins violated federal law by raising thousands of dollars before formally establishing her candidacy. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas GOP candidate Amanda Adkins repudiates FEC complaint as ‘frivolous’

By: - September 15, 2020

A Kansas Democrat filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging GOP U.S. House candidate Amanda Adkins violated campaign rules and law.