C.J. Janovy

C.J. Janovy

C.J. Janovy is a veteran journalist with deep roots in the Midwest. She was the Opinion Editor for the Kansas Reflector from launch unit l June 2021. Before joining the Reflector, she was an editor and reporter at Kansas City’s NPR affiliate, KCUR. Before that, she edited the city’s alt-weekly newspaper, The Pitch, where Janovy and her writers won numerous local, regional and national awards. Her book “No Place Like Home: Lessons in Activism from LGBT Kansas” was among the Kansas Notable Books of 2019.


Happy trails to a grand champion Kansas statesman

By: - August 4, 2020

Don Hineman is such a gentleman he still calls the man who booted him from his leadership position a friend. Hineman is a farmer from Dighton, out west. He’s also a Republican state representative who serves around 22,000 people in Gove, Lane, Logan, Scott, Sheridan, Trego and Wichita counties. This week, or the first time […]

Virgil Peck, as he appears in a campaign video on his Facebook page.

This Kansas Senate candidate can’t apologize enough

By: - July 31, 2020

It’s been almost a decade since Virgil Peck first apologized. “Looks like to me, if shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a (solution) to our illegal immigration problem,” Peck, then a state representative from southeast Kansas, said during a legislative committee hearing back in March 2011. This made national news. “He […]

In his video "Transathletes: Unfair to our children," Kris Kobach demonstrates his skills at archery, "one of the very, very few sports, in which men and women, boys and girls, can compete on a completely equal footing."

Hey, Kobach and Marshall: By attacking trans people, you hurt Kansas

By: - July 29, 2020

Kris Kobach made his name by punching down. He rose to prominence by targeting undocumented immigrants, one of the least powerful groups of people in this country. Over the summer, increasingly abandoned by his party in the race for Pat Roberts’ U.S. Senate seat, Kobach threw punches at an even less-powerful group: transgender people. In […]

Former WDAF chief meteorologist and current Kansas Sen. Mike Thompson in a video announcing why he has formed a nonprofit called the Academy for Climate and Energy Analysis. (Screenshot)

Weather alert — smoke blowing in this Kansas Senate race

By: - July 27, 2020

Late July is the traditional forecasting season in Kansas: Trying to predict which brand of Republican, conservative or “moderate,” will win the party’s primary on the first Tuesday of August. The game is less fun since actual moderate Republicans are as threatened as lesser prairie chickens. But this year, a couple of primaries stand out. […]


Kansas school board member tutors Zoom hostages on dangerous voting

By: - July 24, 2020

Here’s a textbook case, Kansas, on what happens when people don’t pay enough attention to down-ballot elections. It happened a little after an hour into Wednesday’s meeting of the Kansas State Board of Education, whose members were deciding whether to approve Gov. Laura Kelly’s executive order delaying the start of public and private school instruction […]

Members of the Kansas State Board of Education meet via video conference Wednesday to consider the governor's order delaying the opening of public schools until after Labor Day. (Screenshot of Kansas State Board of Education virtual meeting)

Attention Kansas leaders: Here is mental health help from the state’s most famous psychologist

By: - July 23, 2020

Facing a horrifying midsummer surge of coronavirus cases, Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly wanted to delay the start of the school year for three weeks. It seemed reasonable. Everyone wants things to get back to normal. Parents want to send their kids back to school. Teachers want to be back with their students. Maybe even some […]


At the Kansas Capitol, progress always comes with pain

By: - July 21, 2020

There’s this beautiful thing that sometimes happens at the Kansas Capitol. A group of people will stop in front of some striking piece of art, and a tour guide will tell them a story. They’re usually kids on field trips or elders, perhaps with an RV parked outside. They look enraptured. “It’s an awe-inspiring building,” […]