Sherman Smith is editor-in-chief of the Kansas Reflector. He has written award-winning news stories about the instability of the Kansas foster care system, misconduct by government officials, sexual abuse, technology, education, and the Legislature. He spent 16 years at the Topeka Capital-Journal. The Kansas Reflector is an affiliate of the nonprofit States Newsroom, which covers state government and politics in media outlets across the country. The Florida Phoenix also is an outlet of the States Newsroom.