Lessons Learned from COVID-19

Face masks in China

By Jenny Ly Medill Reports Back in beginning of 2020 when coronavirus first hit mainland China in the city of Wuhan, Chinese cities were running out of face masks. The shortage eventually hit Chicago’s very own Chinatown, thousands of miles away, as local pharmacies were experiencing the same problem. Families were rushing to buy face […]

Fight for justice: Stories from across America

George Floyd, Black Lives Matter, Protests, White House

By Jenny Ly Medill Reports In this June 1-7 special report, Fight for Justice: Stories from across America, Medill Reports looks at how the death of Minnesota resident George Floyd on Memorial Day is sparking social change across the country. It’s a new-age of protesting during the COVID-19 era and an image for the history […]

COVID-19: Stories from across America

Veterans at Memorial Day celeration

By Jenny Ly Medill Reports In this May 25-31 special report, COVID-19: Stories from across America, Medill Reports looks at how the global pandemic is affecting Memorial Day and wedding celebrations, campaign voting and youth activities across the country. Coronavirus has now officially claimed the lives of at least 100,000 Americans. From Indianapolis to Chicago, […]

A wedding to remember

Bride and groom in front of love sign

By Jenny Ly Medill Reports With no venue and no one to walk the bride down the aisle, a Chicago couple didn’t let the novel coronavirus pandemic stop them from tying the knot. Instead, Tom and Kimberly Le decided to bring the wedding to them… in their living room. It also happens to be where […]

Pandemic brings attention to veteran isolation

Army soldiers

By Jenny Ly Medill Reports Veterans groups across the country are facing a different Memorial Day weekend this year unlike any other in the past. Traditional celebrations to commemorate our nation’s fallen heroes, such as parades, won’t be happening this year because of coronavirus. As the entire country nearly shut down due to executive stay-at-home […]

Amid skyrocketing unemployment, medical students report to frontline

Brittney Justice at her white coat ceremony

By Jenny Ly Medill Reports More figures released from the Labor Department last Thursday shows the country still heading toward alarming economic conditions, as the new running total amounts to over 36.5 million Americans filing for unemployment claims. While unemployment is soaring to historic records, it seems as though only one category has job security: […]

High school seniors ‘devastated’ with graduation cancellation

George Westinghouse College Prep Class of 2020 Seniors

By Jenny Ly Medill Reports For seniors Brina Taylor and Brejona Hutchinson, June 10, 2020 was marked in their calendars as one of the best days of their lives. The two students at George Westinghouse College Prep, located in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the west side of Chicago, were devastated to learn that […]

Coffee shop does the unthinkable during stay-at-home order

A Sign Reads "Now Open" as Ziggi's just hosted its garnd opening day on April 27, 2020

By Jenny Ly Medill Reports The COVID-19 era has called for a new shift in the way Americans conduct business and socialize. Executive orders sweeping the nation on both federal, state and local levels hindered local businesses, forcing limited services or closures of many businesses and thrusting the local economy in a deep downward direction. […]

You’ve Got Mail: How to Save a Kid’s Birthday During a Pandemic

By Jenny Ly Medill Reports The COVID-19 quarantine has forced many people to find new ways of doing old things. Working, shopping, going to school and celebrating milestones are all different now. Young children like 5-year-old Greta Schalk can’t fully grasp the dangers of the world outside. When the time came to celebrate her birthday, […]

Teenage gymnast somersaults through global pandemic

Elli Brownfield performs on the balance beam.

By Jenny Ly Medill Reports Ponderosa High School freshman and competitive gymnast Elli Brownfield knows what it is like to be trained in discipline and work hard in athletics. On top of the years of dedication to gymnastics, she is quickly learning another skill: how to adapt to life in sports during a global pandemic. […]