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.


Winter is here, Kansas — time to visit your national preserve

By: - December 28, 2020

We were among the brave. It was the Sunday before the winter solstice, time for a long-overdue first trip to the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Hiking around in some remnants of a prairie that once covered 170 million acres seemed like a perfect socially distant day trip. “The bravest 25% of our visitors come during […]


Here’s to the opinionated Kansans who spoke up in 2020

By: - December 25, 2020

We knew Kansans would have opinions. That’s why, when we launched Kansas Reflector back in July, we opened our opinion section to guest commentaries four days out of every week. We had a clear mission for the page. We wanted to amplify voices of people whose lives are affected by public policies but who might […]


Here are wishes of comfort for Kansas when goodwill toward men is hard to find

By: - December 23, 2020

I’m not much for Christmas. I’ve spent more than half a century hoping each December’s wishes of peace on earth and goodwill to men would come true, only to be eternally disappointed. But I still wish joy to those who can find it in these darkest days of the year. And this year I wish […]


Holiday greetings from a Kansan who can capture ‘the cry of a nation’ and spread joy to the world

By: - December 21, 2020

Isaac Cates was on a Christmas tour around Switzerland in 2014 and needed some music to sell. He’d come a long way from Bethany Hospital, the since-demolished hospital in Kansas City, Kansas, where he seems to have been born with greatness. Cates was 4 years old when his mother enrolled him in piano lessons, which […]


This pandemic survival message comes with warm wishes from a wool store in Hutchinson

By: - December 18, 2020

When you run a yarn store, you hear people’s troubles. “People come in because they need things that make them relax, and they share that story with you that you don’t expect,” Andrea Springer said of her clientele at the Wool Market and DIY School in downtown Hutchinson. One weekend, two customers had lost family […]


A Kansas psychology professor has logical explanations for some Republicans’ delusions

By: - December 16, 2020

We need some psychological attention. Between the Kansas Attorney General and two of our congressmen urging the United States Supreme Court to reject the results of the election and surveys showing only a quarter of Republicans believe Joe Biden won, most of us are either delusional or being driven crazy by those who already are. […]

Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, the Democratic nominee for Congress in the 2nd District, laughs during a news conference Tuesday about the suggestion by Kim Borchers that the mayor is angling for the "woke vote" by pursuing police reform. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

One of these women should be Kansas’ next lieutenant governor

By: - December 14, 2020

The smooth politics of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly’s appointment last week of her lieutenant governor, Lynn Rogers, to fill the position left open by Jake LaTurner, a Republican who is on his way to Congress, could be measured in the amount of Republican whining it provoked. Kansans elected a Republican to serve as the state […]


This pandemic survival story brought to you by telegenic siblings and their mom in Abilene

By: - December 11, 2020

What’s the smell of a Kansas sunset? “It’s like a tart, sweet candy,” says Meghan Adams. “If you can taste a sunset, that’s what it would be.” Technically, it’s a combination of orange, pineapple, peach, strawberry, melon, Parma violet, clove, breeze and driftwood oils fashioned into one of the most popular scented candles at Cypress […]

Sen. Ty Masterson, a conservative Republican from Andover, will assume Monday the role of president of the Kansas Senate. House Speaker Ron Ryckman, an Olathe Republican, will serve as House speaker in the 2021 session. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Here are two names every Kansan of voting age needs to know

By: - December 9, 2020

It was a popularity contest of sorts on Monday at the Capitol when Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature decided who will be their leaders when the session starts next month. This means a couple of things for Kansans. They’ll keep seeing some familiar names in the news, for example. Ron Ryckman, the Republican from […]


Salina steps up to show lynching ‘did happen in Kansas’

By: - December 7, 2020

Sandy Beverly has lived in Salina for 50 years. She retired a couple of years ago from her job as an investigator with the city’s human relations office, which dealt with discrimination cases. She’s been secretary of the local NAACP chapter for several years. But for much of that time, she’d never heard about the […]


Why students in an Emporia State ‘alternative facts’ class are not happy with their elders

By: - December 4, 2020

Michael Smith’s students at Emporia State University have some advice for their elders. “I think our students are correct,” Smith says, delivering the news: “People over 40 need to understand just how easy it is to create baseless nonsense that sounds true, and how quickly it can spread online.” Smith is a political scientist. This […]


This Kansas doctor started fighting a scary new disease 40 years ago

By: - December 2, 2020

I’m old. Old enough to be among those who had familiar feelings earlier this year when a mysterious disease broke out, and no one was sure how it spread, and everyone quickly learned what the letters CDC stood for, and we watched the death counts rise, and a doctor named Anthony Fauci was the government […]