Amy Jeffries


Amy Jeffries is the editor of the Kansas News Service, based at KCUR in Kansas City. 

Before the launch of the Kansas News Service in 2017, Amy led a team of reporters from public radio and nonprofit media collaborating on coverage of the 2016 elections in Kansas. That explains why her workspace is covered in political mailers of every stripe. 

A Connecticut Yankee with Midwestern roots, she majored in philosophy, of course, at Wesleyan University and got her master's in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

She has covered art in suburbia, striking public sector workers in South Africa, and the aftermath of hurricanes and politicking along the Gulf Coast. She started her career in journalism at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut, and has edited and reported for, GlobalPost, and the Associated Press. 

Before coming to Kansas, she headed the WRKF newsroom in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts has ended the talk — and there's been a lot of it — about his political future. The senior senator from Kansas announced in Manhattan Friday that he won’t be campaigning for a fifth term.

We’ve nearly arrived at a pivotal moment — the election that will determine whether Kansas continues rightward, returns to its traditional center, or starts down a new path. My Fellow Kansans, a podcast from the Kansas News Service, has been charting how we got here and what’s at stake in Tuesday’s voting. 

Nearly 30 years ago, the anti-abortion protests of the 1991 Summer of Mercy in Wichita energized conservatives and paved the way for the rise of Sam Brownback. As a U.S. senator, Brownback embodied the Christian right. But as governor, tax cuts headlined his red state agenda.

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Fire crews battled hot spots overnight Tuesday in Reno County, but residents of one of the hardest-hit neighborhoods were allowed back to their houses.

No deaths or injuries were reported in the county, but eight homes were destroyed.

Velera Adams and her husband got the call, along with thousands of others, to evacuate from rural Hutchinson just as night fell Monday. She said they drove to a church parking lot just outside the evacuation zone.

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Ninety-eight percent of Kansas remains under red flag warnings. Gov. Sam Brownback says the conditions are ripe for fire.

After a good grassland growing season last year, there's been little rain since November...and then came the wind.

Two-thousand firefighters are working the fires across the state. On Tuesday, Blackhawk helicopters were dropping water to knock back flames in Reno County.

“We’ve had moisture down at 6 percent humidity in the Hutchinson area, which is drier than the desert,” Brownback says.

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The campaign to fill CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s Kansas congressional seat is underway.

The election on April 11 will be the first congressional contest to be decided since President Donald Trump took office. Republicans near and far are treating it as an early test of the new president’s agenda.

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There will be a political shift in the Kansas legislature with the new leaders lawmakers selected Monday. Conservatives will hold on to the very top jobs for 2017, but more moderate Republicans also picked up key positions. There is turnover among some of the Democratic leadership posts too.

All the change reflects gains made by moderate Republicans in the August primaries, and gains by Democrats in November, especially in the House. The move to the center on the Senate side is more subtle, but nonetheless notable.


Next Monday, Dec. 5, all of the lawmakers elected to the Kansas Legislature will meet in Topeka to nominate new leadership for the 2017 session.


Kansas was the birthplace of Prohibition and an epicenter of the anti-abortion movement.

Historian and political analyst Thomas Frank -- a Mission Hills, Kansas, native -- wrote a whole book, What's the Matter With Kansas, about how politics in the state has been fueled by conservative social ideals. But last Tuesday, Kansas went for Donald Trump, at the same time it voted in a more moderate Legislature.


Election Day is here, so it's time to get down to brass tacks. Our collaborative team covering elections in Kansas has been answering your questions, big and small.

Katie in Shawnee has the essential question:

“What’s the best place to find who will be on the ticket for my district, and what’s the best way to look at their platform?”

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One outcome of the 2016 elections that we know already: The make-up of the Kansas Legislature will be different.

That raises some questions, like this one our Kansas elections coverage team got from Cynthia in Leawood:

Is it possible that Kansas will elect enough moderates to reverse the open carry gun policies in KS, especially on college campuses? Would Brownback veto such a measure?