Chad Lawhorn


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I've been reporting news in Lawrence since 1992. Before joining the NewsCenter, I was editor, publisher and owner of the Lawrence Business Ledger and the Baldwin Ledger newspapers. I've been with the Journal-World since 2001, when I sold my weekly newspaper business to the company.

As editor of the Journal-World, I oversee our team of reporters, copy editors, photographers and other journalists who produce the print edition,, and other publications. I write a daily column called Town Talk that covers the area business community, keeps an eye on the local political scene, and relays other information I've heard around town. As a writer I have undertaken a variety of first-person journalism projects. In parts of 2007 and 2008, I received some national publicity for a series of articles detailing how I purchased a handgun, received a concealed carry license from the state, and carried the weapon around for a few days.

I also enjoy writing profiles on area people, ranging from a promient nightclub owner to the corner hot dog vendor to a 91-year old woman who still goes to work six days per week. If you know of someone interesting, send me an e-mail.

I have my degree in journalism from the University of Kansas, and also did some undergraduate work at Emporia State University. I'm a native of the small Kansas town of Melvern, which is about an hour away from Lawrence in Osage County.

My wife and I have two children. In my spare time, I focus a lot on the three 'b's' of life — barbecue, billiards and boating.

Recent Stories

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Regents approve policy that will require KU, other state universities to get new approvals to change athletic conferences

If the University of Kansas ever decides it wants to change athletic conferences, it will have to win some state approvals that aren’t required today. By Matt Tait

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Concept plan shows KU would build 600-seat conference/event center in north bowl of football stadium; south end would get new plaza area

KU plans to build a 600-person conference and event center that would be integrated into the north bowl of its football stadium, according to a concept plan obtained by the Journal-World. By Chad Lawhorn

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Kansas Regents taking steps to ensure KU, other schools can't change athletic conferences without prior approval

If the University of Kansas ever decides it wants to change athletic conferences, it is appearing likely that it will have to win some state approvals that aren’t required today. By Chad Lawhorn

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Girod envisions convention center, hotel, possibly medical facility as part of $300M gateway project at KU football stadium

A “gateway” project near the University of Kansas' football stadium could cost more than $300 million, and university leaders are interested in a hotel/convention center and a significant health care presence on the site, KU’s chancellor said Thursday. By Chad Lawhorn

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KU seeking design firm to develop concept plans for football stadium, events center project near 11th and Mississippi streets

The University of Kansas is getting more serious about upgrades to its football stadium — and this time the plans may involve far more than football.

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Chancellor Douglas Girod says Kansas will 'land in a good place' as college athletics goes through another round of realignment

Chancellor Douglas Girod on Thursday expressed confidence Kansas will "land in a good place" as conference realignment again grips college athletics, but didn't quite rule out that place could be somewhere other than the Big 12. By Chad Lawhorn

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It's all about credit for this KU basketball player; he started his own organization to teach financial literacy

Less than 12 hours earlier, KU basketball player Jalen Coleman-Lands helped hang 102 points on rival Kansas State in Allen Fieldhouse. So, over a late-morning breakfast with teammates, it should come as no surprise that credit is a key topic of conversation. By Chad Lawhorn

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KU athletic director predicts some challenging financial years as Big 12 Conference reorganizes

In what has become nearly an annual affair at the University of Kansas, members of the University Senate quizzed KU’s athletic director on whether the athletic program can provide more money to support general university operations. By Chad Lawhorn

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Mask mandate back at Allen Fieldhouse; chancellor warns crowd size may be limited if compliance wanes

The University of Kansas’ chancellor is warning fans that KU may limit attendance at basketball games at Allen Fieldhouse if fans don’t start doing a better job of wearing masks.

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'Don't panic,' Girod says of Big 12 unrest; stakes are high for KU, but school must avoid making a rash decision

The decision by Texas and Oklahoma to pursue a move to the SEC came like a thunderbolt. The response to that decision shouldn’t, University of Kansas Chancellor Douglas Girod said in some of his first public comments about unrest in the Big 12 Conference. By Chad Lawhorn

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