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.
Judge orders Lawrence man to 27 years in prison for rape of girlToday
Armed robbery with knife reported at eastern Lawrence apartmentYesterday
KU student used Snapchat, marijuana, money to lure 15-year old to Lawrence for sex, victim testifiesYesterday
Lawrence school bus monitor cited, suspended after reportedly pepper-spraying studentMay 22, 2018
Third suspect arrested in armed robbery at Lawrence Motel 6May 22, 2018 1
Man who was expelled for stalking female students files 2 lawsuits against KUMay 21, 2018
Judge orders 10 years in prison for Lawrence man who took nude photos of 11-year-old girlMay 18, 2018
Former Haskell instructor arrested after allegedly trespassing on campusMay 18, 2018
With key witnesses missing, Lawrence Motel 6 murder trial delayed againMay 17, 2018 5
Judge gives woman chance at probation, drug treatment for armed street robbery near KU campusMay 17, 2018