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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Best Gift Shop | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

There’s a word for a family of 350 artists: fun, says Sue Shea, manager of the Phoenix Gallery.

Best Delivery | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

Don’t get confused that a gourmet sandwich has to be complicated. In fact, the crews at Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches work hard to keep it simple.

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Best Garden Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

That’s when William Allen Pine came to the fertile area now known as North Lawrence. He made his living by growing vegetables. Today, Gerald Pine runs the venerable Howard Pine’s Garden Center and Greenhouse, which is named after its founder and Pine’s father, who died in 2002.

Best Men's Clothing Store - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

Wardrobe shopping at Weaver’s department store has changed quite a bit since the retailer entered the clothing business 157 years ago: There’s a lot less assembly involved.

Best Local Store Owner - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

There’s been a lot new at Cottin’s Hardware & Rental in the last year.

Best Place to Buy a Car - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Shopping

With a showroom of about 70,000 square feet, Crown Toyota, Scion, Volkswagen has enough to room to do more than just sell cars.

Best Utility Company - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Community

Lawrence residents have given an “A” to AT&T U-verse and its bundled package of telephone, Internet and cable television service.

Best Insurance Agency - Best of Lawrence: 2014 - Services

Ron King doesn’t have a Flo or a gecko or some guy who is constantly running into mayhem, which in today’s world of insurance makes him a bit unusual.

Best of Lawrence voting ends April 12

Finally, an election without the speeches, the handshaking and the baby kissing.

For 25th anniversary, downtown sculpture exhibit will be local artists only

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is now accepting entries for its 25th Annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition, and a couple changes are in store for the milestone year of the event. By Chad Lawhorn.

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