There were scads of Chicago folks at the Education Writers Association annual confab last week in California, including Catalyst's Linda Lenz, Catalyst alum Maureen Kelleher, the Sun Times' Kate Grossman, and ChicagoNow's Ray Salazar. Former Tribune education reporter Stephanie Banchero was there -- she's now at the WSJ and is an EWA board member. I'm sure there were others.
There were a pair of Tribune investigative reporters, too, there to pick up some awards for their work documenting truancy in CPS. One of them, David Jackson, reminded me that I'd posted about his work a couple of times way back and that he'd worried that it was going to get in the way of his reporting (which it obviously didn't). Here's a mention of his winning a Nieman fellowship in 2009. He's also won Lisagors before. His colleague Gary Marx shared honors for the truancy story.
Great to see everyone, and to be reminded of all the good journalism going on in Chicago (whether you agree with them or not).