WATCH: Disney animator turned DePaul Animator in Residence Brian Ferguson animates learning for students, Chicago

Brian Ferguson animates sequence

By Hannah Shapiro Medill Reports “Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Mulan,” “Pocahontas.” These are classic Disney movies everyone knows and loves. DePaul University’s Animator in Residence Brian Ferguson worked on those movies and more during his 23-year tenure as an animator at Disney Feature Animation. These days he shares his animation experience and expertise with DePaul students […]

Ukrainians unite under blue and gold Chicago skyline

By Jack Savage Medill Reports It doesn’t get much bigger than an 1,800-square-foot flag blowing in the breeze over the city. Chicago’s grand gesture to the people of Ukraine flew in full view above the Kennedy Expressway on Grand Avenue in Fulton Market on March 6, showering the city under a fluorescent blue and gold […]

‘I’m not going anywhere’: Quinault residents stay in Taholah despite severe storms

Quinault River, Taholah, WA

By Kinsey Crowley Medill Reports “I live at the end of the street, and I’m not going anywhere.” Lia Frenchman, the historic preservation technologist for the Quinault Indian Nation, emphatically declared her resolve to stay in her home in the lower village of Taholah, Washington, during a presentation for visiting students. Earlier this winter, a […]

Young Ukrainian Americans flood Chicago’s streets to denounce war in Ukraine

By Liz Vanderau Medill Reports Hundreds of thousands of protesters have gathered in cities across the world to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Chicago is just one of those cities. Over the past three weeks, dozens of demonstrations calling for an end to the war have clogged sidewalks and stopped traffic on major streets throughout […]

David Power’s legendary Fenwick coaching career comes to an end

By Alyssa Muir Medill Reports Fenwick High School girls basketball coach David Power watched the seconds tick off the clock during his team’s season-ending loss to Nazareth Academy on Feb. 28. But unlike every other year, this wasn’t just a close to a season but to Power’s legendary 45-year career. Power, who spent 29 of […]

Medill Newsmakers: During Kidney Cancer Awareness Month, patients share their stories, oncologist discusses advancements in the field

By Brittany Edelmann Medill Reports March is Kidney Cancer Awareness Month. According to the American Cancer Society, 79,000 new cases of kidney cancer could be diagnosed in 2022. Hear from Northwestern Medicine oncologist Jeffrey Sosman about the advancements in research and treatment over the past few years, the importance of clinical trials and where the field […]

WATCH: Barber brings service, style to downtown Chicago

Frank La Fronza

By Alex Hutton Medill Reports Over the course of his five decades in Chicago, Frank La Fronza has become a staple of the city thanks to his skill as a barber and history of catering to celebrity clients. Today, he runs a spa and salon in Illinois Center, offering a wide range of services. La […]

WATCH: Chicago rallies around Ukrainian refugees

Ukraine protest

By Seth Humeniuk Medill Reports As the war in Ukraine rages on and millions of Ukrainians flee their homes, Chicagoans are stepping up to help. Protesters rallied support for the Ukrainian government, organizations prepared resources to help refugees and one brave young woman told her story of escape and begged Americans to support her war-torn […]