Brad Cooper worked as a reporter for 26 years, most recently for The Kansas City Star from 1997 through 2015. Brad left The Star after working for four years in the Kansas statehouse, writing about Gov. Sam Brownback’s transformation of state government. Starting his journalism career at The Associated Press in 1989, Brad worked in Greenville, S.C. and Shreveport, La. In Louisiana, Brad worked as the newspaper’s political writer, covering a federal corruption probe of the video poker industry, a governor’s race, a race for the U.S. Senate and the last days for former Gov. Edwin Edwards, who later served jail time after being found guilty on public corruption charges. Brad covered local government in Johnson County, Kan. from 1997 through 2004 and then wrote about regional transportation issues in Kansas City from 2005 to 2011 before moving to the Kansas statehouse for four years until 2015. For the last three years, Brad worked as a communications specialist for the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.