COVID-19: Stories from across America

By Bre’onna Richardson Medill Reports In this June 15-22 special report, COVID-19: Stories from across America, Medill Reports examines the rising unemployment rate, celebrates nurses and educators and talks to business owners who are worried about the increasing number of coronavirus cases across the country. From Illinois to California, Michigan to Florida and everywhere in […]

Fight for Justice: Stories from across America

By Bre’onna Richardson Medill Reports In this June 8-15 special report, Fight for Justice: Stories from across America, Medill Reports looks at how the Black Lives Matter movement has already led to policy changes across the country and how tough battles lie ahead for healthcare workers as coronavirus cases spike in several states. From Chicago […]

Michigan high school students offer free virtual tutoring amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Bre’onna Richardson Medill Reports High school students from International Academy in Bloomfield, Michigan are offering free online tutoring and reading programs so that no student gets left behind. Their ultimate goal is to solve educational inequality. You can visit the group’s website here. You can also visit their Instagram page at @helpinghandssfs. Photo at […]

Michigan teen collects handmade cards for COVID-19 patients

By Bre’onna Richardson Medill Reports Isaiah Rubin, 17, is a junior at Groves High School in Birmingham, Michigan. Since March, he’s delivered more than 1,000 get-well cards to seniors and COVID-19 patients. For more information on Caring Cards for COVID-19, visit the website here. Photo at top: Dozens of handmade get-well cards. (Courtesy of Isaiah […]

Tyler Perry’s ‘Bruh’ co-stars discuss new BET+ series

By Bre’onna Richardson Medill Reports Joining the list of Tyler Perry’s directorial projects currently airing on television and streaming services, “Bruh” premiered May 7 on BET+. The series, starring Barry Brewer, Mahdi Cocci, Phillip Mullings Jr. and Monti Washington, follows four friends as they navigate life and relationships through the strength of their brotherly bonds. […]

Chase hosts first-ever HBCU virtual commencement

By Bre’onna Richardson Medill Reports Graduates from the class of 2020 could not have an in-person ceremony this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. With 78 participating historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), JP Morgan Chase, along with partners, helped more than 27,000 students celebrate their graduation, virtually. The “Show Me Your Walk HBCU Edition” […]

National Nurses Week 2020: Leaders on the front lines of COVID-19

By Bre’onna Richardson Medill Reports National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 to May 12, but this year is different amid the coronavirus outbreak. Nurses across the country are going beyond the call of duty to help sick patients. Photo at top: A ‘Heroes Work Here’ sign is placed outside Beaumount Hospital in […]

Detroit all-girls school offers Biomedical Science and Veterinary program

By Bre’onna Richardson Medill Reports Detroit International Academy for Young Women is the only all-girls public school in Michigan. The school has partnered with The Detroit Zoo and The Michigan Humane Society to develop a Biomedical Science and Veterinary Medicine career pathway. The program provides students with college credit, internships and scholarship opportunities. Because of […]

Experts provide mental health resources amid coronavirus crisis

By Bre’onna Richardson Medill Reports The outbreak of COVID-19 has created additional stress as people deal with stay-at-home orders, economic uncertainty and fears of catching the virus. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has launched free mental health resources during the pandemic. Photo at top: Man sits on a chair with his […]

Facebook group gathers thousands to protest Michigan’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order

By Bre’onna Richardson Medill Reports A group of Michigan residents are frustrated with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. Protesters fear the restrictions violate their rights. They say the governor shouldn’t decide what they can and can’t do. Photo at top: Protestors at “Operation Gridlock” surrounding Michigan’s state capitol. (Robert Wiersema/Facebook)