Chicago Public Radio education reporter Jay Field (pictured) is no longer at the station. Field has not so far responded to my attempts to find him (call me, Jay!). Earlier today, however, WBEZ managing editor Sally Eisele stated that Field had
resigned, as of Friday, April April 18th, but said she could not provide
any further details.
It looks like Field was at the station for roughly seven years, the last two and a half of them on the education beat. The first education story that I can find from Field is from October 2005. The last story that I can find posted on the WBEZ site is April 14th -- about students returning to DuSable after a recent scare. A list of his pieces is here. (A bunch of his work was also picked up by the national, NPR. See list here.)
His LinkedIn profile says he's a graduate of Colby ('94). He won a Lisagor for a piece he did with Julia McEvoy in 2003 -- perhaps as a freelancer. According to this website, he joined the station in 2001 as a general assignment reporter.
Field's departure seems sudden and may have been unexpected, given that he only recently returned from paternity leave. I'm still hoping to find out what, if anything, happened, and who, if anyone, will replace him.
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