The Chicago Reporter's top 10 accomplishments of 2011

The Chicago Reporter's top 10 accomplishments of 2011

As The Chicago Reporter prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2012, the Reporter's Interim Publisher Kimbriell Kelly reminds us about some of the magazine's top accomplishments this year.

Here is the count down.

  1. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan credited a 2008 Chicago Reporter investigation for spurring a $335 million settlement over Countrywide’s discriminatory lending. The New York Times wrote about  the largest residential fair-lending settlement in history.
  2. National lender Wells Fargo is in  court for discriminatory lending in Illinois, The Wall Street Journal reported.
  3. A 2001 investigation into the Chicago's vacant properties prompted the Chicago City Council to pass legislation forcing lenders to register their vacant properties.
  4. The Reporter launched national partnership with NBC.
  5. The Reporter successfully met $75,000 goal in Challenge Fund for Journalism grant.
  6. The Reporter netted $75,000 grant from Open Society Institute to expand its digital presence.
  7. The Reporter's work prompted Gov. Pat Quinn to enact new nursing home legislation.
  8. The Reporter's work was cited in the new must-have criminal justice book: “The New Jim Crow” by legal scholar Michelle Alexander.
  9. The Reporter won four Chicago Headline Club's Lisagor awards: investigations, photography, multimedia collaboration and layout.
  10. The Reporter won the 2011 Salute to Excellence Award for investigative journalism from the National Association of Black Journalists.

"It's been a great year at the Reportermand the news of the settlement is a great kick off for our 40th anniversary celebration of the investigative work we've done since 1972 investigating issues of race and poverty in Chicago," Kelly said.

© Community Renewal Society 2012

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