Karen Dillon lands at the Pitch as Kansas’ new records law goes into effect

Investigative reporter Karen Dillon’s had a bumpy ride since the widely reported Thunderdome incident at The Star in 2012. She was laid off from The Star in October 2013, and signed on at KSHB in January. But she was laid off from KSHB in May.

Now she’s freelancing for the Pitch.

The Columbia Journalism Review caught up with Dillon as Kansas’ new records law went into effect this week. The law, spurred by Dillon’s reporting at The Star and a series she did with KSHB’s Melissa Yeager, makes it easier for the public to view arrest warrants and probable cause statements.

As she embarks on her latest journey, she told CJR: “You get to feeling pretty beat down, and wonder if you can do this anymore. But I feel pretty good today.”




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