From Chicago to the Middle East

An Aerial view from Harrissa, Lebanon

By Jinitzail Hernandez and Jessica Nieberg Medill Reports Reporter Jinitzail Hernandez explores Chicago’s Pride Parade and the issues facing Pride Parade in Lebanon.  Reporter Jessica Nieberg travels from Chicago to Lebanon to shed light on non-profit organizations that have evolved to meet the needs of refugee youth. Photo at top: Aerial view of Harissa, Lebanon. […]

Chicago tech startups and activism on the South Side

Chicago Skyline (, Graphic Design by DeForest Mapp

By DeForest Mapp and Kiara Brantley-Jones Medill Reports African Americans make up only one percent of all tech startup founders and another one percent of all US venture capitalists. DeForest Mapp hosts Chicago startup founder Garry Cooper and venture capitalist Yelena Shkolnik as they counter punch on the lack of diversity and myths around investment […]

Preventing gun violence in the Chicago area

By Richard Foster Shelton and Katelyn Sabater Medill Reports One of Chicagoland’s worst school shootings took place 30 years ago.  Reporter Katelyn Sabater talks to one of the survivors about how he moved on. Reporter Richard Foster Shelton explores what Chicagoans are doing to stop gun violence on this edition of Medill Newsmakers. Photo at […]

The state of youth sports in Chicago

State of youth sports feature photo

By Jordan Klein and Juliana Sherry Medill Reports Two youth sports in Chicago are in a state of flux. In this episode of Medill Newsmakers, reporters Jordan Klein and Juliana Sherry examine the citywide participation shortages facing youth tackle football and youth baseball. Photo at top: A young pitcher stares down his opponent before delivering […]