Portfolio

Sarah Weaver’s Portfolio

I am happy to provide writing samples, resumes, CVs or any other information. Please contact me if you are interested in seeing more of my work. Below are some of my accomplishments.

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Kansas City Star’s 913 Johnson County News Magazine at Joco913.com

“Small district, big ambitions”

The Kansas City Star hired me on to write a profile piece on the Spring Hill School district. I logged more than 340 miles, 30 interviews, 12 hours of transcribing, 23 emails and 6 weeks of work to pull this one off. It is nearly a 3,000 word story, and I’m proud to be completed.

The story is a part of a series profiling all the Johnson County School districts.

Wichita Eagle at Kansas.com

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Parents of disabled children seek better documentation in restraint incidents

The Senate Committee on Education held a hearing on March 8 that was filled with concerned parents and advocates for disability rights.

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“House OKs bill governing use of restraints in schools”

This story covered a vote where the  House passed a bill granted protection to schoolchildren regarding the schools’ use of seclusion and restraint. The story had some comments that proved the issue was of interest to the public, and that my insight was helpful.

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“State accelerating road repair, reconstruction projects” on Jan.27, 2012 on Wichita Eagle’s Kansas.com.

The story covered a press conference that updated legislators on the Kansas Department of Transportation’s plan to accelerate repair projects in Kansas by allocating $50 million to projects.

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Senate committee advances plan to increase state aid for schools

The Senate Committee on Education voted to pass SB 450 to fund education. This bill will request $112 million, and half of the money will be put into an equalized fund. The hearing was particularly interesting because the bill was not passed without heated debate. Sen. Tim Owens of Johnson County wants to the right to raise property taxes. According to a reporter, Johnson County funds more than 18 percent of the state’s property tax. Also, the Oak Park Mall, located at 95th Street and Quivira Road, funds more of Kansas’ sales tax revenue than 60 Kansas counties could ever fund. No wonder Sen. Owens wants to the right to raise taxes. Think about it: there are more houses in Johnson County AND more of these homes are expensive. It’s believed there are more million dollar homes in Johnson County than in 90 percent of the state.

USA TODAY

I blogged for USA Today College. USA Today College asked me to join their college blog in 2010. Since then, they ask for pitches sporadically throughout the hire. My USA Today bio is on the USA TODAY Writers Page.

My most recent story is Tips to help first-generation college students to beat the odds… and graduate.” This story had over 100 tweets and retweets. These tweets included more than one dozen federal TRIO programs at universities across the country. There were more than 250 Facebook likes within the first 48 hours of the story being posted.

Since then the story has been mentioned on the University of Kansas’ William Allen White School of Journalism website: http://www.jayhawkjournalism.org/. The story with its link was mentioned on the front page of the Council For Opportunity in Education webpage.

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My first blog published on USA TODAY College was “Things to do before you graduate.”

I blog for USA Today’s college blog. They have representatives from different universities brainstorm and create posts for their website: http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/. Photo courtsey of USA Today.

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SI.com

Sports Illustrated’s Bill Frakes worked to create this video montage of KU men’s basketball. Four of my photos, including this one, are featured in the video. Photo courtesy of SI.com.

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Sports Illustrated features my Kansas Men’s basketball photos on their site, SI.com, in a video montage. Click here to watch the video montage by Bill Frakes and Laura. Frakes also hired me to be his assistant for a Kansas City Chiefs football game in Jan. 2011.

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