Alex Garrison


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Before starting here, I worked just about every job possible at the University Daily Kansan. I also worked for KJHK, where I helped develop the web site, had a weekly music show and managed underwriting. I've also interned at Al Jazeera English in Washington, D.C., and the Leavenworth Times.

I graduated from Piper High School in Kansas City, Kan., but also spent a lot of time (years — if all the trips were added up) in a small town on the North Sea in England. I graduated from Kansas University in December 2011; I majored in journalism with concentrations in Islamic studies, poetry writing and political science.

I cover K-12 education and county government as well as events on Saturdays. If you have a story idea, question or comment, please email me at or call me at 832-6314. You can (and please do!) follow me at

Recent Stories

Lindsey Stirling strings together success

It’s amazing, the power of social media. So says Lindsey Stirling, the dubstep violinist, the dancing, emotive pop-inspired classical music YouTube sensation. By Alex Garrison

Party on: British indie-rock group Bloc Party stops in Lawrence after long hiatus

Russell Lissack is a musician, not a politician. He’s a guitarist, a vegetarian, a lion-bite survivor, a producer, and, doubtlessly, many things good and bad to his friends and family. But to the public, he’s a member of Bloc Party. By Alex Garrison

Submissions sought for County Courthouse art exhibit

Douglas County Treasurer’s Office is organizing its annual juried art show and looking for submissions.

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Canadian 5-piece Stars back on tour, back on form in 'The North'

A blend of indie and pop sensibilities with influences like the Smiths and brothers-and-sisters in arms like Broken Social Scene, Stars is an established band out of Montreal via Toronto and New York. After albums on Arts and Crafts, their latest, "The North," came out on Soft Revolution, their own label, last month.

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Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Live Music

Liberty Hall turned 100 this year, celebrating with style in the form of a two-day, sold-out extravaganza performance (and street party!) from the Flaming Lips and proving it’s not too old to rock.

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Best of Lawrence 2012: Best Local Band

Cowboy Indian Bear is an indie band of the 21st century — deep local ties and solid support, but also a keen eye to digital self-promotion and a willingness to experiment.

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Personal influences build characters in author Daniel Woodrell’s world

Woodrell spoke with Allen at Liberty Hall on Thursday in front of about 150 people who gathered to hear the “Winter’s Bone” author discuss everything from tribal mentality to moonshine to Renoir.

Writing’s in his bones: Woodrell’s books rooted in rural life

Daniel Woodrell’s approach to fiction, he says, is to “think of life as a big river and throw your bucket in.” It’s a statement that suits him — connected to place, realistic, rustic. But possibly a little dangerous, and certainly ever-changing.

KU students reviving ancient Greek play

A group of Kansas University students who put on Euripides' "Orestes" in an ancient theater in Greece this summer will revive the play here in Lawrence this weekend. The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24 and Aug. 25 in the Crafton-Preyer Theatre in Murphy Hall on KU's campus.

Fiddling and Picking Championship events start Aug. 24

The 32nd annual Kansas State Fiddling and Picking Championships will begin with a showcase at Busker Fest on Aug. 24 in downtown Lawrence

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