Amy Jeffries

Amy Jeffries is the Kansas elections editor, based at KCUR. She brings together coverage from a collaborative team of reporters affiliated with public radio stations and non-profit media across Kansas.

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 along the Gulf Coast. She started her career in journalism at WNPR in Hartford, and has edited and reported for, GlobalPost, and the Associated Press. 

Before coming to Kansas, she led the WRKF newsroom in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where politics is a favored sport along with LSU athletics. She still cheers for the Tigers, though she has also become a fan of the Kansas City Royals. 

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.