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A crowd at Arrowhead Stadium

For Kansas City area fans, sports wins feel inevitable. Let’s appreciate them.

BY: - November 25, 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. Sunday night, I sat on the couch, a cocktail […]

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Heart and roots: How a theater performance in the Flint Hills told the story of a Kansas community

BY: - November 22, 2022

The 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. Jenny Towns is an artist, educator and communications professional. She is a school choir director and is pursuing her master’s degree in music education at Kansas […]

The annual welcoming of the Christmas tree to the governor's mansion happened Monday. (Rachel Mipro/Kansas Reflector)

Santa, Christmas tree growers weigh in on Kansas climate during annual Christmas tradition

BY: - November 21, 2022

CEDAR CREST — Heavy is the head that wears the Kansas Christmas Tree Growers Association presidency.  David Wilderson said he feels a lot of pride in his first year at the helm of the association, representing Christmas tree growers across the state at the annual welcoming of the Christmas tree to the governor’s mansion. Every […]

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Book binding, silver jewelry and ceramics created by Clara Hatton

This new museum shines spotlight on rediscovered Kansas artist Clara Hatton

BY: - November 8, 2022

The 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. Lori Brack is an author who has worked in programs and publications for the Salina Art Center, as a college and community writing instructor and as director […]

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The People Pull event takes place at the Harvest Festival in Cuba, Kansas

Kansas photojournalists earn Hall of Fame awards by documenting countless moments

BY: - November 4, 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. The distinction of earning a spot in any hall of […]

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Survey asks: How would you rate your experience today?

Consumer surveys waste our time while promising elusive insights

BY: - October 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. They are in my inbox. They are in my voicemail. […]

Unsolicited text messages amplify Derek Schmidt’s lies about Kansas drag show

BY: - October 26, 2022

TOPEKA — Derek Schmidt’s lies about a nonexistent connection between Gov. Laura Kelly and a Wichita drag show are being amplified through unsolicited text messages to Kansas voters. Schmidt, the GOP candidate for governor, has used a false story from a U.K. tabloid to attack his Democratic rival as their bitter campaign enters the final […]

Derek Schmidt answers questions for reporters

Kansas Republicans seize on false report about drag show to attack Gov. Laura Kelly

BY: - October 25, 2022

TOPEKA — Kansas Republicans were so excited by a drag performance, they didn’t bother to question false reporting that said the state provided funding for the event. Instead, they seized an opportunity provided by the U.K. Daily Mail to bash Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly during the final stretch of a tightly contested race for governor. […]

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Council Grove downtown streetscape

Searching for the future of Kansas’ Council Grove in three trees, three places and three people

BY: - October 20, 2022

Downtown Council Grove practically floats off the pavement. The 19th century buildings levitate, careful gingerbread constructions of brick and mortar and stone, bringing the past to life while nudging the community into the future. I visited the city, about an hour south of Manhattan, last month. Council Grove isn’t a former industrial town tucked in […]

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‘Rainbow fentanyl’ just the latest example of bogus Halloween drug scares

BY: - October 15, 2022

Every year around the middle of October, reporters start contacting me wanting to talk about rumors of contaminated Halloween treats. That’s because I track media coverage of reported incidents of trick-or-treaters receiving razor blades in apples, or pins and poison in candy bars. My data goes back to 1958, and my principal finding is simple: […]

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Jeremiah Ariaz's "Osborne County Farmer, Osborne, KS, 2022"

Mournful and hopeful, an emerging photo project portrays rural Kansas newspapers

BY: - October 14, 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 you walked into the darkroom of the small-town newspaper […]

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Eric Thomas photos of daughter

Cameras in hand, parents proudly document everything. Is that what’s best for our kids?

BY: - October 9, 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. Seventeen years ago, I pointed a gleaming silver camcorder at […]