Medill Newsmakers

Decline of baseball in the african-american community

By Brianna Williams
Medill Reports

The number of African-Americans in the MLB has declined throughout the years, and there are a number of factors to blame. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers Brianna Williams talks to players – past and present- to find out what is behind the trend.

Photo at top: (Ozzie Smith, MLB Player. (Brianna Williams/MEDILL)

The “new” news in Chicago

By Ashley Graham

The news landscape is changing even for major news markets like Chicago. In this Medill Newsmakers segment we take a closer look at hyperlocal news efforts in the city.

Photo at top: A man watches the local news in downtown Chicago.(Ashley Graham/MEDILL)

All Stars of Flag Football

By Sunday Ely
Medill Reports

Flag Football and tackle football can work hand in hand. Pop Warner leagues have dwindled around the country. Some argue it’s due to unnecessary hits to the brains of children.  That has many parents concerned. Increasingly flag football leagues are replacing the once coveted Saturday morning football runs against neighboring city teams.

There are upsides to flag football, such as safety and more room in your dad’s van. Yet sports fans struggle with the notion that flag football is soft and doesn’t prepare kids for the toughness of the game.

No matter where you stand on this issue, take a journey with Medill Newsmakers as we explore the rise of flag football.

Don’t forget to join the conversation on social @sundayely on Twitter and @sundaytravels just about everywhere else.

Photo at top: Flag Star Football (Courtesy of: Flag Star Football)

Windy City women in tech

By Alexa Adler
Medill Reports

In this episode of Medill Newsmakers, Alexa Adler interviews female tech leaders who are shattering the glass ceiling in Chicago’s startup scene.

Photo at top: Alexa Adler interviews Betsy Ziegler, the first female CEO of tech incubator 1871. (Alexa Adler/MEDILL)

All Things Andersonville: Small Business Spotlight

By Jayda McClendon
Medill Newsmakers

Andersonville is a Chicago neighborhood that’s well known for its small business scene. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we explore how small businesses in this community are enhancing the in-store shopping experience.

Photo at top: Shopper browsing a display at Cowboys and Astronauts. (Jayda McClendon/MEDILL)

Esports: A new era of professional sports

By Jourdan Kerl
Medill Newsmakers

Professional video gaming, formally known as esports, is transforming ordinary people who play games into professional paid athletes through leagues like the NBA 2K League and Madden Championship Series. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we take an in-depth look at one of the fastest growing sports that is sweeping across the world.

Photo at top: Fans at COMBO BREAKER 2018 in Illinois observe Tekken 7 main stage competition. (Jourdan Kerl/MEDILL)

Medill Newsmakers: News from around Chicago

The latest editions of Medill Newsmakers:

How virtual reality is changing our lives

In this segment of Medill Newsmakers, we provide an introduction to virtual reality and how it impacts education, business and social applications.


Chicago Police and restorative justice

In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we examine the findings of former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s recent report detailing practices of excessive force, lax discipline and poor training within the Chicago Police Department. We also examine solutions to heal Chicago’s broken justice system, including the use of restorative justice.


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Local Programs Ensure Ex-Offenders Can Look Forward to Brighter Future

By Torene Harvin

A Medill Newsmakers Report

In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, three guests shared what they are doing to keep young men and women out of prison and on a path to success.


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Gender wage gap: The pay disparity in athletics

By Nicole Sedivy

A Medill Newsmakers Report

This episode of Medill Newsmakers explores the gender wage gap in athletics present at the collegiate and professional level.

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Turning an adaptive lifestyle into a rewarding lifestyle

By Hannah Gebresilassie

A Medill Newsmakers Report

When society thinks of people in wheelchairs, we often think of what they can’t do instead of what they can do. In this edition of Medill Newsmakers, wheelchair users in Chicago open up about living an adaptive lifestyle.

The perspectives come from gunshot survivors, Skyhawks wheelchair basketball team members, individuals born with genetic disorders of bone fragility, Shriners Hospital patients and the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. Take a look at what these individuals living with a disability have to say.

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