Erin Castaneda grew up making several moves in a military family before landing in Topeka in 1998. She moved to Lawrence later to attend Kansas University where she earned degrees in English and journalism in May 2007.
During her college career she had the opportunity to work with the Lawrence Journal-World.
In the summer of 2006 she was in an environmental reporting course that produced the "What We Drink" series published in the Lawrence Journal-World.
The following spring she worked as a city desk new intern for the paper through a community journalism course.
After graduation Erin began working full-time as the general assignment and night law enforcement reporter.
She enjoys the variety and spontaneity of the beat and interacting with people in the community.
Without a pen, pad, camera or recorder in hand, Erin can be spotted running around outdoors with her black Labrador, taking photos, biking or spending time with friends.
Erin also enjoys the bragging rights that come with being a KU alumna after the Jayhawks won the 2008 National Championship.
After questions surface about state senator Roger Pine's performance as the district's treasurer, he resigns from the Douglas County Kaw Drainage District Board.
Severe weather weakens before reaching area
A severe storm moved into Lawrence Thursday night as expected, although it had weakened from earlier in the day in central Kansas. The storm did cause an early end to the opening day of the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival at Clinton State Park. About 7:45 p.m. festival organizers along with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office began to warn festivalgoers to seek shelter where they could.
Several summer events are just around the corner in downtown Lawrence. "I can't wait to get them going," said Jane Pennington, director of Downtown Lawrence Inc. One of the first events is the Downtown Lawrence Film Festival that kicks off on Thursday. "I'm really anxious for the first film; it's going to be a lot of fun," Pennington said.
The city's first major outdoor downtown concert proved successful Wednesday night, leaving many people wanting more family-friendly outdoor events of its kind in the future. On the lawn north of the Lawrence Arts Center where opening band Retribution Gospel Choir and headliner Wilco played, Vanessa Sanburn, Jake Lowen and their five-year-old daughter Nadia Sanburn relaxed in between sets.