Ah, my journalism days! They were glorious. Here are a few of my favorite clips, along with some awards I won for my work.
- 2013 winner of Studs Terkel Award
- 2012 winner of Chicago Headline Club’s Peter Lisagor Award for best business reporting
- 2012 Finalist for National Association of Black Journalists’ Salute to Excellence
- 2011 Local Reporting Awards winner for investigation into lead poisoning
- 2010 winner of Best Local Blog by Chicago Reader
Why experts say Chicago parents should worry about the drinking water – Long before lead in water was in the mainstream media, I was covering it in Chicago.
As Hotel Chateau closes, couple fears becoming homeless – a photo gallery and slice-of-life story focusing on one couple living in the Chateau, an SRO in Lakeview
Dwindling SROs: Hotel Chateau residents fear they’ll soon be homeless – enterprise piece on the fate of the Hotel Chateau, with perspectives from residents and neighbors of the building and its current status in housing court
Mapping lost housing: Lakeview’s disappearing SRO hotels – interactive google map with information on the status of Lakeview’s SROs, most of which have been closed in the last two years.
No 8’s – Housing activists in Cook County are looking to pass legislation making it illegal for landlords to discriminate against Section 8 renters. Advocates and renters say it’s one of the few remaining tools we have to fight segregation, but landlords say they shouldn’t be forced to participate in the program.
Photo credit: Matti Matilla
The link between lead poisoning and underperforming students – With mounting evidence that lead poisoning results in lower test scores, more children repeating grades, and worse, why has so little been done in Chicago to reverse the damage?
Unlucky 13 – An increasing number of people, particularly minorities, are turning to a form of bankruptcy that offers less relief from debt and more risk.
Empty Jackpot – The state of Illinois claims to be meeting its goals when it comes to contracting with minority and women owned businesses. But are those numbers as solid as they claim?
Payday Roulette – Low-wage health care workers in Chicago are getting their paychecks months late. The company blames the bankrupt state, but records don’t support their claims.
Sexually harassed as an intern? Sorry, it’s hard to fight – Interns occupy a legal limbo that makes it difficult for them to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.
Student loan debt fear made me skip fancy schools for a free one – An essay about my choice to attend college on scholarship, rather than rack up debt at a more prestigious university.