Erin Castaneda grew up making several moves in a military family before landing in Topeka in 1998. She moved to Lawrence later to attend Kansas University where she earned degrees in English and journalism in May 2007.
During her college career she had the opportunity to work with the Lawrence Journal-World.
In the summer of 2006 she was in an environmental reporting course that produced the "What We Drink" series published in the Lawrence Journal-World.
The following spring she worked as a city desk new intern for the paper through a community journalism course.
After graduation Erin began working full-time as the general assignment and night law enforcement reporter.
She enjoys the variety and spontaneity of the beat and interacting with people in the community.
Without a pen, pad, camera or recorder in hand, Erin can be spotted running around outdoors with her black Labrador, taking photos, biking or spending time with friends.
Erin also enjoys the bragging rights that come with being a KU alumna after the Jayhawks won the 2008 National Championship.
A trio of friends and Jayhawk basketball fans waited nearly seven hours Friday to witness this year's basketball team enter the Allen Fieldhouse court for the annual Late Night in the Phog tradition. The Kansas University tradition kicks off the beginning of practice for the women's and men's basketball teams.
Let's be realistic - the last Kansas football season was a magical year, said Nick Hosler, 29. "You're not going to go 12-and-1 every year," he said from his tailgate spot, dubbed "Camp Mangino," before the season kickoff at Memorial Stadium. KU's Orange Bowl victory in January concluded what Heather Hice, a Kansas University graduate, called "a perfect season."
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson declined to file criminal charges against Sherron Collins for a May 2007 incident reported to have occurred in Jayhawk Towers at the University of Kansas.
Through the vibrations of a drum, six cheerleaders from the Kansas School for the Deaf commanded people's attention at Kansas University's Spirit Camp. "We can do everything except hear," said Marie Qualls, 21, the head coach of the KSD team. Qualls, a 2005 graduate from the state school, decided to bring her team to KU's camp for the first time this year.
Come Monday, Sandy Davalos knows what some of her young students will be talking about in class: their experience at a Kansas University baseball game.
As a lifelong Kansas University basketball fan, Karen Pauls, 64, thinks of the players as her sons. So when players flee the Jayhawk nest, saying goodbye can be difficult.
It's been hard to ignore Kansas University this year. Athletic achievements such as the Orange Bowl victory and the NCAA basketball championship have put KU in the spotlight nationally and geared up school spirit on campus.
Fireworks were crackling over the Saturday night sky as fans celebrated in the streets, on the sidewalks, inside cars and everywhere else in Lawrence. They were toasting Kansas University's 84-66 victory over North Carolina.
Fireworks are crackling over the night sky tonight as fans celebrate in the streets, on the sidewalks, inside cars and everywhere else in Lawrence.
Wake up to alarm at 5:50 a.m. Check. Starbucks coffee and muffin. Check. 6:15 a.m. sit outside Buffalo Wild Wings, 1012 Mass. St., with blankets and a chair to wait for doors to open at 10:30 a.m. Check.