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Sara Shepherd

KU reporter

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I'm the Journal-World's Kansas University and higher education reporter. Most of my time is (easily) spent covering all things newsworthy happening on KU's 25,000-student main campus here in Lawrence — from unusual or groundbreaking research, to multi-million dollar construction projects, to policies affecting student safety or academic success. I also cover the Kansas Board of Regents in Topeka, Haskell Indian Nations University (the sole four-year university run by the federal Bureau of Indian Education, attended by tribe members from across the United States) in Lawrence, plus highlights from the KU Medical Center and KU Hospital in Kansas City, Kan.

For KU news, find all the Journal-World's recent stories at ljworld.com/news/education/ku, check out my Heard on the Hill blog, and follow @LJW_KU on Twitter. Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.

Previously, I was a crime and courts reporter for The Kansas City Star, where I covered untimely death or destruction most every day for a few years, everything from quadruple homicides to massive chemical fires. I’ve also covered suburban city government and schools for The Star and The Shawnee Dispatch, a weekly paper just up the road. My first beat at the Journal-World was features, covering food, arts and entertainment.

I'm originally from Emporia, but my family goes way back in Lawrence and at KU. I had ancestors living here when William Quantrill sacked the town in 1863 (they survived the massacre, probably thanks to being politically insignificant German immigrants). I’m also a fourth-generation KU grad, led by my great grandfather, who got his undergraduate and law degrees from KU. I majored in journalism, art history and French, and in case any of you fellow KU journos were wondering, my reporting beat on The University Daily Kansan was campus police. I'm occasionally asked whether covering the KU beat means I get in free to basketball games. It does not. My most covet-worthy power as KU reporter is a campus parking pass.

To reach me, call 785-832-7187 or send email to sshepherd@ljworld.com.

Recent Stories

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KU counting on donations to enable $300 million football stadium renovation

The University of Kansas is counting on a significant amount of donations to enable a planned $300 million renovation to Memorial Stadium.

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DA: No suspect identified in McCarthy Hall rape allegation, case remains under review

Six months after the rape of a 16-year-old girl was reported at the University of Kansas men’s basketball dorm, the case remains unresolved. The case is still under review by the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office pending results of additional lab testing, Cheryl Wright Kunard, assistant to District Attorney Charles Branson, said this week.

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KU Athletics budget will increase to $93.3 million next year

University of Kansas Athletics expects its budget to increase to $93.3 million next year.

Community service, alcohol class ordered for woman who got in fight with KU basketball player

A woman accused of picking a fight with a University of Kansas basketball player she was dating last winter must perform community service and take an alcohol class as a result.

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District attorney requests additional testing in McCarthy Hall rape case

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office is seeking more testing in the case of a 16-year-old girl’s alleged rape at the University of Kansas men’s basketball dorm.

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Majority of KU AD's $700K salary to be paid by private funds; KU says negotiations began more than 6 months ago

Kansas Athletics Inc. — as opposed to state dollars — will pay the majority of University of Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger’s salary, which was recently raised to $700,000 and extended for another four years.

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KU athletic director's contract extension features $40,000 bonus for a winning football season

How much is a winning football season worth? An extra $40,000 a year for University of Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger. That annual performance bonus is among specific perks — rather, potential perks — outlined in Zenger’s latest contract renewal, requested and obtained Tuesday by the Journal-World.

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KU police complete investigation into reported rape of 16-year-old at basketball dorm; DA considering charges

The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office is now considering charges in the reported rape of a 16-year-old girl at the apartment building that’s home to the University of Kansas men’s basketball team.

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KU gets OK to ban handguns from football, men’s basketball games; purses will also be banned

The University of Kansas has received formal approval to ban guns from games at Allen Fieldhouse and Memorial Stadium. Metal detectors and guards would be put in place for men’s basketball and football games, primarily, but also to any other sporting event expected to draw more than 5,000 to the facilities, under a proposal approved Wednesday morning by the Kansas Board of Regents governance committee.

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Three months after rape reported at KU men’s basketball dorm, police investigation still open

Three months after a 16-year-old girl was reportedly raped at the University of Kansas men’s basketball team dorm, the case remains under police investigation with no new details being released.

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