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.


Hey Bob’s uncle’s ex-wife Mary’s sister’s cousin — Kansas GOP needs you to verify voter fraud

By: - April 7, 2021

Watch out with the Halloween costumes later this year, Kansans. One of your state senators has proposed making it a felony for anyone to impersonate the secretary of state or a county election clerk. That was one of the amendments proposed last week in Senate debate about the state’s election laws, which wasn’t really a […]


Kansas lawmakers should add these representatives to their list of ‘tedious’ colleagues

By: - March 26, 2021

Here we are, friends, in that gloomy and unpleasant stretch of the year that is not-quite-springtime on the Great Plains. Also known as partway through the Kansas Legislature’s annual session. So it’s appropriate that lawmakers spent time this week using the word “tedious” in full sentences. On Tuesday, Rep. Vic Miller, a Topeka Democrat, spoke […]

Rep. Sean Tarwater, a Republican from Stilwell, says state universities led students down during the COVID-19 pandemic and should pay students a 100% tuition refund for online courses and 50% tuition rebate for every day school year was shortened. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

How to test your comprehension of education speeches in the Kansas Legislature

By: - March 24, 2021

OK, class. We’ve all learned a lot in the last year, haven’t we? We’ve demonstrated proficiency with new vocabulary words. Some of us even know a lot more about science than we used to. And math — not just addition (as in two pounds per month in weight gain), but also percentages, such as the […]


40 years after its only doctor died, a tiny Kansas town refuses to do the same

By: - March 22, 2021

In normal times, this past weekend would have been a climactic one for the tiny town of Cuba, Kansas. The third weekend of March was traditionally their annual Rock-a-Thon, which is not a week-long dance party to classic AM radio hits. It is literally people in rocking chairs 24 hours a day for seven days. […]


Be afraid, Kansas — chivalrous manhood is coming for you

By: - March 19, 2021

The first time I ever heard an aggrieved white man assert that “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve” it was 1982, in my hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, where the city council was about to reject an ordinance protecting gay people from discrimination. I’ve been listening to white people use Christianity to argue […]


This Wichita senator has a message for the Kansas Legislature from her mother in 1972

By: - March 17, 2021

Kansas Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau isn’t asking for much. After the year we just had, it’s not unreasonable to ask newly certified law enforcement officers to attend diversity meetings organized by the Kansas Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training. “Maybe not every law enforcement officer and certainly not those who are tenured,” she told me, […]


Why this Kansas doctor would do the COVID year again

By: - March 15, 2021

The situation in Fredonia is improving. The 25-bed critical access hospital hasn’t had a COVID-19 patient for a month and a half or so, and no one has died in the past few weeks. “Our biggest peak was in January and since then it’s come down steadily,” reports Jennifer Bacani McKenney, who runs a clinic […]

Former U.S. Sens. Robert Dole and Pat Roberts endorse Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's campaign for the Republican Party's nomination for governor of Kansas. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

The Republicans running for Kansas governor in 2022 have only just begun to amuse us

By: - March 12, 2021

For this week’s biggest guffaw — and who didn’t need one? — Kansans can thank former-and-aspiring-to-be-future Gov. Jeff Colyer. On Tuesday, after Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced his run for governor, Colyer responded to news of a 2022 Republican primary rival with this snorter: “It’s good that Kansas voters will now have a clear choice […]


Roger Marshall’s obsession with trans kids in sports is unhealthy for everyone

By: - March 10, 2021

I was wrong about Roger Marshall, and I need to write a correction. Last summer, back before Marshall was a U.S. senator from Kansas, he was battling our previously most embarrassing national political figure, Kris Kobach, in the Republican primary. In June, Kobach put out a bizarre, rambling campaign video about how transgender athletes were […]


This week’s mini-debate about expanding Medicaid in Kansas had a predictably tragic ending

By: - March 5, 2021

So here’s where we are, Kansas: There’s an issue most of you — a healthy majority! — agree on, but no hope of legitimate, respectful consideration from your representatives in Topeka. The people who control the conversation won’t give this popular idea a real chance to be heard. So the ones who are trying to […]


What gets lost in the Kansas spring ritual of fighting over education funding

By: - March 3, 2021

Epic battles over education funding are, I guess, a rite of spring in Kansas. Soon, lawmakers will consider the Orwellian-sounding Student Empowerment Act, which one legislator called a “Frankenstein bill,” its various pieces stitched together mostly out of enthusiasm for diverting taxpayer money to private school vouchers. One reason this battle’s so epic is because it’s […]


Dear Kansas Board of Healing Arts: This doctor-senator is a threat to public health

By: - March 1, 2021

Dear Kansas Board of Healing Arts: I’m filing a complaint about Mark Steffen, an anesthesiologist, who frequently touts his medical credentials in his new role as a state senator from Hutchinson. I understand you are empowered to receive complaints from “patients, family members, interested parties, medical staff, co-workers, medical facilities, licensees, or insurance companies.” Consider […]