I'm the Journal-World's public safety reporter. I cover crime, courts, fire and related features in Lawrence and Douglas County and, sometimes, neighboring counties.
I’ve been a reporter at the Journal-World since 2012. Prior to taking over the public safety beat I covered the University of Kansas and higher education beat — including some of our local post-secondary institutions’ occasional, inevitable intersections with the law. Previously, I was the night police 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 suburban weekly paper just up the road in Johnson County.
I'm originally from Emporia, but I had ancestors living here in Lawrence 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 wrote for The University Daily Kansan, where my reporting beat was campus police.
For local public safety news, see all the Journal-World’s recent stories here, and check out the Lights & Sirens blog.
To reach me, call 785-832-7187 or send email to email@example.com. Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.
‘You were gone for 14 years in another state under another name’: Douglas County judge sends man to jail in 18-year-old fraud caseYesterday
Probation and no guns for man who shot and killed his neighbors’ dogYesterday 1
Homicide victim described shooting, ID’d photo of suspect before he died; will judge allow those statements at trial?Yesterday
Icy day in Lawrence sees numerous fall injuries, vehicles sliding off roadsFebruary 22, 2018
Teens set up drug buy at Lawrence park, then robbed and shot teen dealer, according to allegations in affidavitsFebruary 22, 2018 5
Teens charged in year-old armed robbery at west Lawrence apartmentFebruary 22, 2018 6
Back-to-back armed home-invasion robberies reported overnight; police suspect link to drug activityFebruary 21, 2018 1
Police subdue man who was allegedly wielding hatchet at Lawrence Memorial HospitalFebruary 21, 2018 2
Motel 6 murder trial pushed back another three monthsFebruary 20, 2018
Lawrence teen who murdered grandmother sentenced to more than 48 years in prisonFebruary 20, 2018 2