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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.
Police end investigation into death of Lawrence nurse, Army vet after suicide rulingYesterday
Law enforcement looking for unbuckled motorists, impaired drivers this weekYesterday
For 3rd time this year, early morning holdup reported at Taco Bell on West SixthYesterday 9
Psychologists fill in picture of man accused of violently stabbing young Lawrence woman to deathNovember 19, 2017 1
Murder defendant now charged with another, earlier violent crime against a teenagerNovember 17, 2017 4
Accidental shooting reported in Baldwin CityNovember 16, 2017 4
DA offers tips for residents to prevent identity theft resulting from Equifax hackNovember 16, 2017
Man who allegedly dragged officer with car is now in jail; prosecutors say it was not first time he fled policeNovember 15, 2017 2
KU says benched basketball player hit curb on 19th Street, damaged tires; university still mum on 'financial picture'November 15, 2017 3
No arrests made in death of man found inside burning house south of LawrenceNovember 14, 2017