Sara Shepherd

KU reporter

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As the Journal-World's Kansas University reporter, I cover all things newsworthy coming out of KU, with an emphasis on the school's 25,000-student main campus here in Lawrence. I tweet KU news @LJW_KU.

Previously, I was a cops and courts reporter for The Kansas City Star, where I covered untimely death or destruction of some kind most every day for a few years. I’ve also covered suburban city government and schools for The Star and The Shawnee Dispatch, a weekly paper just up the road. My first beat at the Journal-World was features, covering food, arts, entertainment and lifestyle.

I’m a fourth-generation graduate of Kansas University, where I majored in journalism, art history and French. To reach me, call 785-832-7187 or send email to sshepherd@ljworld.com. Follow me on Twitter @saramarieshep.

Recent Stories

Church shootings refresh Confederate flag debate that inspired KU prof's 2004 film

When Kevin Willmott wrote and directed the mockumentary film “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” which screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, he knew it would be relevant for a long time. Sure enough. By Sara Shepherd

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Best Overall Restaurant | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

Free State Brewing Company isn’t just a good restaurant — it’s a Lawrence tradition.

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Best Breakfast Spot | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

As breakfast out and weekend brunch have exploded in popularity, so, too, have out-of-the-box creations on morning menus. At the same time — perhaps with breakfast more than any other meal — the basics still reign. The Roost tries to offer the best of both worlds.

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Best Restaurant to Watch a Game | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

If you thought Buffalo Wild Wings was a good place to watch a game at its former location, you should see it now.

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Best KU Souvenir Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

The Kansas University souvenir market isn’t just for T-shirts anymore. One step inside Kansas Sampler in downtown Lawrence makes that obvious.

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Best Pizza | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Food & Dining

Even big cities here or abroad would be hard-pressed to claim anything quite like the Italy-meets-Midwest farmhouse pies at Limestone pizza + kitchen + bar, which opened in April 2014.

Best Women's Clothing Store | Best of Lawrence 2015 | Shopping

Earlier this year, BusinessInsider.com reported that nationwide Kohl’s was women’s favorite place to shop for clothing and has been for several years now.

Newly acquired Bloch painting offers warmth with hint of mystery

A newly acquired painting by one of Lawrence’s more famous past residents — at least in the art world — is warming up the contemporary gallery at the Spencer Museum of Art. “Summer” by Albert Bloch is now on display in the 20/21 Gallery. By Sara Shepherd

Federal judge OKs Kansas same-sex marriage; stays order pending appeal

A federal judge in Kansas City, Kan., issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday barring state officials from refusing to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Off the Beaten Plate: DaVinci Cibo at Cibo Sano

Like an Italian burrito.

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