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.


How a failure to override one of the governor’s vetoes was actually a victory for Kansas Republicans

By: - May 5, 2021

Kansans, you got played. Supporters of human decency celebrated on Monday when the Republican-led Senate failed to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s veto of the craven legislation that came, over the last few ugly months, to be known as the transgender sports ban. This failure to override was unquestionably a good thing: 13 senators of […]

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Kansas lawmakers got so crazy with this year’s ‘shells’ of bills they confused even themselves

By: - May 3, 2021

Today is Monday, May 3, otherwise known as the beginning of an event that would be better suited for the nearest dirt-floored arena than the stately Kansas Capitol: The promised Republican “veto-override-a-rama” of Gov. Laura Kelly’s whack-a-mole effort to prevent the worst bills from this year’s Legislative session from becoming law. While we await whatever […]


These talented, resilient students are expressing themselves — and Kansas needs to watch what they’re saying

By: - April 30, 2021

No one would mistake me for a fashion gal, but I know beauty when I see it. And what 13 students in the Fashion, Merchandising and Design Program at Johnson County Community College put together for this year’s annual fashion show is a thing of beauty that transcends the Overland Park campus. Students have been […]

Rep. Patrick Penn, R-Wichita, urged House colleagues to support House Bill 2089 to compel the state Board of Education to lay the foundation to offer gun-safety curriculum for K-12 students endorsed by the National Rifle Association and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

Kansas lawmakers invoked a mother’s grief to pass NRA gun training for kids, but ignored her other wish

By: - April 28, 2021

Here’s a story about the human cost of politics in Kansas. Prepare yourselves, because it’s painful. But anyone who makes a law in Kansas should be required to sit with it, and the rest of us should witness it. The story is about House Bill 2089, the one requiring that, if Kansas children in kindergarten […]


This Holocaust educator says Kansans are ‘making the connections between now and then’

By: - April 26, 2021

The urban-rural divide was deepening. The country’s constitution made it the most liberal democracy the world had ever seen. The government had expanded welfare programs and education. Women had entered politics and the workforce in record numbers, the government guaranteeing equal pay. One city had a vibrant queer culture. The nation was a world leader […]


These Kansas students have aced a civics test much harder than the one lawmakers envisioned

By: - April 23, 2021

No matter what happens this weekend, Ken Thomas’ students will have succeeded. This weekend is the finals for We the People: The Citizen and Constitution, a national civics competition. Ten students from Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, where Thomas teaches government, have regularly represented Kansas on this national stage for the past […]


Watch out, Kansas — your hard-hitting high school journalists are national leaders

By: - April 21, 2021

At Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, 41% of the students are afraid to share their political views. A senior named Beau Warner summed up the feeling this way: “There’s always people who see somebody with a Trump flag and then they get mad or the other side around. People make big judgments […]


How to understand who is really being ‘bullied’ in Kansas Legislature debates

By: - April 19, 2021

There’s this weird phenomenon in politics where people in power do things that hurt other people and then complain about being “bullied” when the opposition expresses its feelings in the strongest possible terms. We’ve heard it a lot in Kansas lately, especially during long and ugly debates about legislation using transgender kids as cannon fodder […]


Here’s good news about Kansas’ mental health during the pandemic — but call your therapist

By: - April 16, 2021

Time for a check-up, Kansas. Recently we got some good news about mental health during the pandemic: Deaths by suicide declined in the United States by almost 6% last year. Kansas also saw a decline. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment sent over a table with provisional data showing four fewer Kansans dying by […]


This Hoxie restaurant owner proves rural western Kansans have good taste

By: - April 14, 2021

Without looking at a map, who knows where Hoxie is? Some of you are raising your hands. For the folks who are struggling: It’s where you get Seattle-style sushi in a town of maybe 1,200 people. As far as big cities go, Hoxie’s about 270 miles east of Denver and 350 miles west of Kansas […]


What Kansas civics stars say about the looming test they’ll have to take for graduation

By: - April 12, 2021

That whole thing in the Kansas Capitol this year about making high school seniors take a civics test to graduate? The subject of some cynicism here and jokes about how it’s really lawmakers who should be required to pass civics tests (or at least breathalyzers)? Actual high school seniors have some thoughts. “I, like a […]


With the Senate drunk on its own power, all of Kansas might need a recovery support group

By: - April 9, 2021

A lot of people have advice right now for the majority leader of the Kansas Senate, who has reportedly been belligerent about facing consequences for “going the wrong way.” Sen. Gene Suellentrop, a Republican from Wichita, has been charged with a felony for fleeing a police officer, as well as with misdemeanors for driving under […]