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.


When your playwrights are in despair, Kansas, it’s past time to be worried

By: - February 26, 2021

Darren Canady has been asking himself a question. Trust me, we want to know what’s on his mind. An esteemed young playwright who is also a professor at the University of Kansas, Canady is the kind of artist one looks to for help interpreting the moment. “I think a lot right now about: What is […]


What Kansans need to know about the state’s pandemic unemployment rate

By: - February 24, 2021

Here’s a pop quiz, Kansas: How long do you need to collect unemployment if your job is never coming back? If you don’t have an immediate need for the answer, you probably aren’t among the 60,200 Kansans who lost their (non-farm) jobs between December 2019 and December 2020. So, count your blessings. If you are […]


‘Renewables are dangerous’ and other wisdom from Kansas’ anti-climate caucus

By: - February 22, 2021

How about that cold spell, Kansas? Congrats on a nice display of civic-minded can-do-ism, folks — everyone bundling up and turning down their thermostats and waiting their turn at the rolling blackout. It’s almost as if we really are capable of sacrificing a little for the greater good, at least when the threat is not […]

the COVID-19 vaccine shouldn't receive a dishonorable discharge for exercising a personal right. (Screen capture of C-SPAN2 coverage/Kansas Reflector)

What history suggests about Kansas senators who voted to acquit Donald Trump

By: - February 19, 2021

Classes weren’t in session on Jan. 6, but insurrection day was fresh on students’ minds when they came back to Wichita State University just a couple of weeks ago. “I think it will remain a teachable moment for the foreseeable future,” Robert Weems said of Jan. 6. I’d called Weems, who specializes in African American […]


34 Kansas House members — conservative to liberal — support abolishing the death penalty

By: - February 17, 2021

If you were looking for a group of 34 members of the Kansas House who represented the best hope of bipartisanship — that mythical yet evasive unity some people say they want right now — you could would find it in the list of sponsors for a bill that’s most likely going nowhere this year. […]


A veteran of Kansas’ disastrous tax-cutting era says Republicans have taken ‘several steps backwards’

By: - February 15, 2021

Kansas might be frozen, but it’s not yet a cold enough day in tax-cut hell for some Republicans to repent. Last Tuesday, as temperatures outside fell to cattle-threatening single digits, a majority of Republicans in the Kansas Senate barreled toward sanity-threatening triple digits, passing a package of tax cuts that could cost the state $600 […]


This Valentine’s Day pandemic survival story from Wichita includes infrastructure advice for politicians

By: - February 12, 2021

I’m sorry to admit that I’ve never been to what sounds like a chocolate utopia in Wichita. That would be the Cocoa Dolce‘s downtown location, where customers can watch the production of candy and pastries for sale in one of the company’s three Wichita locations — or shipped anywhere around the world. Branding itself as […]


How one Kansas county fought the pandemic by trusting science, listening to at-risk people and investing in public health

By: - February 10, 2021

The devastation in Wyandotte County could have been so much worse. When COVID-19 hit, the county suffered one of Kansas’ earliest and worst outbreaks at the Riverbend nursing home, where 36 people were dead and 132 patients and employees had tested positive by the end of May. This followed five deaths and 44 cases by […]


How to really test our civics knowledge: Review the week in Kansas politics

By: - February 5, 2021

The message signaled by Rep. Steve Huebert’s tie — a triangle of white stars against a blue background above thick red and white stripes — was unmistakable. This sartorial salute to America signified Huebert’s passion (a word he repeated a dozen times) for the idea he was championing as chairman of the Kansas House Education […]


Let’s be brave enough to not learn the Kansas tax-cut lesson all over again

By: - February 3, 2021

You’re generally strong and smart, Kansans. You’re tough enough to make it through extreme weather. You embrace this whole to-the-stars-through-difficulty thing. So it’s time to face up to one of your weaknesses. After all, the first step in any recovery is acknowledging the problem. You have a problem when it comes to talking about taxes. […]


What California refugees need to know about Kansas before moving here

By: - February 1, 2021

We got news the other day that tech workers in San Francisco, defeated by the cost of housing and other annoyances, “can’t leave the Bay Area fast enough.” They’re fleeing for places that aren’t much better, like Miami and Austin, but the New York Times story about all this did mention Topeka. Kansas’ capital city, […]


In Kansas, one path to unity — and economic recovery — begins with tacos

By: - January 29, 2021

As we close out the first month of 2021 with only the slightest of reasons to believe it’ll be any better than 2020, I’m setting aside my dubiousness about the call for unity to argue in favor of something I know we can all agree on. It begins with tacos. They’re serious business in Kansas […]