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Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas

Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association, a nonprofit that supports student journalism throughout the state. He also teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. He lives in Leawood with his wife and two children.

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A cross-country trip reminds columnist Eric Thomas of how suburban comforts, like Chipotle, really are the same everywhere, and how we might change perspectives. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

From Kansas to Michigan, the devilish conformity of our American suburbs

By: - June 24, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. This week, my son and I pointed our SUV […]

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In my Kansas backyard, a parable for Texas school shooting 

By: - June 10, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. My daughter came in from our backyard to tell […]

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Screaming on the sidelines: Confessions of a semi-reformed sports dad in Kansas

By: - June 3, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. Any parent who has a child playing sports has […]

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Stand back and marvel with me, writes Eric Thomas. Consider how these Kansas kids are working on heroically small publication staffs in rural towns while juggling so many other responsibilities. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Small-town student journalists and advisers inspire giant admiration

By: - May 28, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. If you look at the city of Burrton on […]

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Going plus-one: Republicans keep leapfrogging previous political barriers

By: - May 20, 2022

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. This week’s Kansas Supreme Court’s decision permitting Republican-drawn legislative maps delivers so many different lessons.  It just depends on who you are.  A Black […]

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Fentanyl’s poisonous toll aided by stubborn inaction from Kansas officials

By: - May 13, 2022

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. Imagine a drug so deadly that a few powdered grains could kill you. A drug that puts you in the emergency room through contact […]

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The monarch butterfly's marathon migratory pattern from Canada to Mexico over the course of generations of reproduction is a natural miracle, writes Eric Thomas. (Submitted to Kansas Reflector)

Be an environmental activist through your backyard gardening choices

By: - April 29, 2022

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. I like to consider myself an advocate for the environment: someone who believes that climate change is a dangerous and advancing threat. I fret […]

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Podcasts round up news from Kansas Legislature, school access, abortion rights

By: - April 23, 2022

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. LGBTQ lawmakers challenge anti-trans bill April 4, 2022 Kansas Reflector staff delivers legislative roundup April 11, 2022 Looking ahead to veto override efforts […]

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Graduates put messages on their mortarboard hats during graduation ceremonies. Eric Thomas wonders how we will mark our graduation from two years of COVID-19 concerns. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

As pandemic concerns recede, how should Kansans celebrate the fall of COVID-19?

By: - April 15, 2022

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas.  Years ago, my job as a news photographer at a daily newspaper dispatched me to each high school in the county for the same […]

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The Jayhawks men's basketball team poses with a trophy to commemorate its national championship win during a pep rally at the University of Kansas on April 5. (Eric Thomas for Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Jayhawk basketball fans rally to welcome championship team back home

By: - April 7, 2022

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of widening the conversation about how public policies affect the day-to-day lives of people throughout our state. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. When we think about “homecoming” at a college or […]

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Audio Astra: Kansas schools somehow, if barely, made it through grueling 24 months

By: - April 2, 2022

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas.  “School’s Out Forever” This American Life, March 11, 2022 Last week, “This American Life” released an episode titled, “School’s Out Forever.” Host and correspondent […]

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Audio Astra: The best Kansas listening from the past few weeks

By: - March 25, 2022

Audio Astra reviews recent audio reporting on Kansas news, including podcasts and radio stories. Eric Thomas directs the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and teaches visual journalism and photojournalism at the University of Kansas. After a spring break hiatus, the Audio Astra column is back and — like a student returning to a stack of homework after a […]