About Montie

Hello, Chicago Now readers! "Message from Montie" is back after eight years. Shamontiel "Montie" Vaughn was a ChicagoNow blogger from 2009 to 2010. Find her previous posts here.

Shamontiel at the Indian Boundary Lagoon

Shamontiel at the Indian Boundary Lagoon

Shamontiel (pronounced Shə mawn T L) Latrice Vaughn is a full-time, freelance editor/writer on Upwork. Her primary clients include RamResearch.org, Zaabox.com and Red Cat Media pet blogs. She occasionally works on legal blogging and PR projects for law firms. When she's not reading, writing or editing, she's a professional dog walker/sitter for Wag and Rover.


The Chicago native has 13 years of journalism experience (Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, CBS Chicago, Yahoo! Contributor Network); 12 years of editing experience (Kaplan Financial, Sun-Times Network); 10 years of digital experience; and 18 years of social media experience.


Shamontiel is the 2018-2019 Vice President of Education and Vice President of Public Relations for Unity Toastmasters, a community Chicago Toastmasters club. She was introduced to Toastmasters in 2017 through Toast of TCS, a corporate Toastmasters club. Representing Toast of TCS, she competed at the division level for the 2018 International Speaking Competition before transitioning to her current membership with Unity Toastmasters. She is also the 2019 co-host of Do Not Submit Chicago: Rogers Park.

For more information on her, visit Shamontiel.com.