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.


By facing more of its racist truths, Kansas — and America — could heal more of its divides

By: - November 30, 2020

One night in January 1901, nearly 6,000 angry Kansans gathered outside the Leavenworth County Jail. Inside was Fred Alexander, a Black man and a veteran of the Spanish-American War, who’d been accused of rape and murder of a white woman. Someone in the crowd used a sledgehammer to break into Alexander’s cell and “attacked him […]


From Lawrence, here’s one Kansas record of the year

By: - November 27, 2020

To me, Colin Halliburton’s voice has always sounded like Kansas. That’s a ridiculous thing to say about one singer, especially a white-dude Americana songwriter in a state with more cultural diversity than it gets credit for — where the world-class opera singer Joyce DiDonato trained at Wichita State University and Topeka has a legacy of […]


When gratitude isn’t enough — a Thanksgiving lament for Kansas

By: - November 25, 2020

What happens when it’s Thanksgiving week and gratitude isn’t enough? It’s not enough to say thank you to health care workers. While many of us have followed public health guidance and made sacrifices, our collective selfishness has now exhausted nurses and overwhelmed hospitals — despite months of warnings that this would happen. “The long hours […]


To hear these two men tell it, all hope for Kansas Democrats and Republicans is not lost

By: - November 23, 2020

If Kansans have any hope for party politics, there are a couple of guys in Wichita they should know. Dalton Glasscock, 26, is chairman of the Kansas Federation of Young Republicans and, until a couple of weeks ago, was chairman of the Sedgwick County Republican Party. Joseph Shepard, 27, is chairman of the Sedgwick County […]


Kansans who want to quit fighting with each other could try this place

By: - November 20, 2020

Sheryl Wilson was never comfortable putting her political beliefs on social media. It wasn’t just because of her job. “I do fear the trolls,” she confessed. Sometime around Election Day, though, she was on Facebook and a memory notification from 2012 popped up. “I’d posted one word to say my candidate won,” she said. “It […]


How election losses motivated one Kansas activist — a lesson from Liberal

By: - November 18, 2020

When your home’s an inhospitable place, what does it take to make it better? Democrats lamenting their recent losses in Kansas elections could look for inspiration to Kathleen Alonso, a 23-year-old in Liberal. Alonso’s father died when she was 12. Her mother, who struggled with mental illness and addiction, was serving a few days for […]


Kicked out of nursing homes, countless Kansans don’t know their rights — or are scared to fight

By: - November 16, 2020

Dustin Baker knows his 79-year-old grandfather, Larry Barrett, was difficult for the staff at Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation, a 60-bed nursing home in Franklin County. “He’ll yell and scream and curse, which is well within his rights,” Baker says, adding that Barrett had also reportedly grabbed a nurse by the arm and hit and pushed […]


A Kansas photographer’s portraits tell the stories of 75 homeless veterans in 16 states

By: - November 11, 2020

Unlike so many other people who’ve been out of work during the pandemic, Manhattan photographer Doug Barrett has been busy. His photos from protests in Manhattan after George Floyd’s murder brought him attention from places like the BBC, Fox News and Time, whose editors were apparently intrigued by images of Black Lives Matter protests all the […]


As other Republicans lied about voter fraud, Kansas’ secretary of state was a voice of sanity

By: - November 9, 2020

On Friday afternoon, as it became obvious to everyone that the president would not win another term, U.S. Sen.-elect Roger Marshall was writing checks that reality couldn’t cash. Besides helping to pay down the president’s re-election debt, Marshall might want to be careful what he wishes for: What Kansas learned from Kris Kobach was that, […]


One way a divided Kansas could come together: Legalize recreational marijuana now

By: - November 6, 2020

There will be no weed jokes in this column. This column is serious. This column argues that the people who’ve been elected to represent Kansans in the Legislature have a rare opportunity to do something legitimately popular, something bipartisan, something that would unite Kansans while relieving a persistent source of tension between factions who need […]

Former U.S. Senate nominee Barbara Bollier formed the nonprofit Prairie Roots to work statewide on driving voter turnout in support of progressive candidates and issues. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)

Big Republican wins and heartbreaking Democratic losses — nothing new in Kansas

By: - November 4, 2020

Kansas is a complex place — a reality it could have embraced on Tuesday. Instead, it defaulted to its usual self. We knew Kansas would still be Trump Country on Wednesday morning, and Kansas reinforced that message by sending presidential-parrot Roger Marshall to the U.S. Senate, with Jake LaTurner, Tracey Mann and Ron Estes hammering […]


As a once-again divided nation votes, Kansas history shows one way forward

By: - November 2, 2020

Kansas is graced with countless places to reflect on the arc of history. We can look back 80 million years at Little Jerusalem Badlands State Park, which opened last October near Scott City, and similar spots like the Castle Rock Badlands and Monument Rocks, all places where 70-foot-tall chalky formations testify to the days when […]