Category: Media/Entertainment

The Barber Shop Show: 40 years and families dealing with LGBT inequality

In 1972, The Chicago Reporter began as a simple newsletter, devoted to uncovering the facts behind race in our segregated city. Forty years later, we’re still going strong, investigating race and poverty in Chicago. On last Friday’s Barber Shop Show, we gathered to celebrate that legacy and our 40th anniversary issue. Interim editor Rui Kaneya... Read more »

Sen. Jacqueline Collins on Springfield, race and Obama

Sen. Jacqueline Collins on Springfield, race and Obama
If you ride the 79th street bus, heading west from the Red Line, you pass empty lots, run-down strip malls and boarded-up Pentecostal churches that have seen more worshipful days. But then you get to a small oasis of activity–a Walgreens, a Chase bank, a beauty salon and a steady hum of foot traffic despite the cold.... Read more »

The Chicago Reporter: Decades of dedication

The Chicago Reporter: Decades of dedication
By Laura S. Washington “In 1972, veteran civil rights activist John McDermott imagined a monthly publication that would investigate and analyze racial issues. McDermott and co-editor Lillian Calhoun met to plot the first issue, Calhoun recalled years later. “To save money, we decided on a newsletter, printed in good, clean Helvetica,” she said. “We chose... Read more »
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A look at The Chicago Reporter through the eyes of its publishers

"Racial peace and progress are more than moral ideals today. They are matters of profound self-interest to every person and institution in this community," wrote John McDermott, The Chicago Reporter's founder and first publisher, in the inaugural edition in 1972.
We are proud to bring you our special 40th anniversary edition of The Chicago Reporter. The city has changed a lot in the past four decades and we have been there, reporting on race and poverty in the city from the ground level.  The following are insights from our publishers who have guided and shaped... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Our new issue, Springfield in session and noisemakers for prisoners

What's Up This Week: Our new issue, Springfield in session and noisemakers for prisoners
New Issue. We are excited to announce that 40th anniversary issue of The Chicago Reporter will be online this week. In it, we track the history of four of the Reporter’s key beats over the last four decades, look at our most impactful stories and do Q&As with some of our past publishers. Lame Ducks.... Read more »

The Chicago Reporter is expanding its online footprint

The Chicago Reporter is expanding its online footprint
During the past four decades, The Chicago Reporter has impacted the lives of an untold number of people. Our analytical eye on the racial and economic disparities in the region prompted an $8.7 billion settlement for discriminatory lending practices, sparked legislation governing the quality of nursing homes and prompted the Chicago City Council to create an ordinance aimed at vacant buildings. Now our... Read more »
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VIDEO: Top stories of 2012? Here's a rundown

Can you believe that 2012 is already coming to an end? Chuck Sudo, from Chicagoist, and I were recently guests on WCIU’s 26 N Halsted show, which is hosted by George Blaise, to reflect on the top stories of the year. My top picks were: The Chicago Reporter investigation that found more kids have been killed in... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: Chicago's future filmmakers and this month's headlines

Are you one of Chicago’s future filmmakers? Richard Marion might be. You might remember Richard from our post on the West Side Writing Project, but he also appeared on the most recent episode of The Barber Shop Show, our weekly radio show on Vocalo. Richard, an 18-year-old from West Humboldt Park, says he wants to... Read more »

Get the news from West Humboldt Park from the teens who live it

When you hear about West Humboldt Park in the news, it’s often about a shooting, a fire or some other societal ill. But if you ever visit the  West Side Writing Project, you’ll see the neighborhood through the eyes of the young people who walk its streets every day. The project has students who cover... Read more »
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Chicago's LGBT Hall of Fame honors publisher Laura Washington

Chicago's LGBT Hall of Fame honors publisher Laura Washington
Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame has inducted 12 new members, including our interim publisher Laura Washington, who was honored as a “Friend of the Community.” Washington was chosen for dedication to LGBT issues during her 29 years as a journalist, both at the Chicago Sun-Times and her many years at The Chicago Reporter. Also... Read more »