Christmas comes early at the Chicago Cultural Center

By Kelly Calagna The Chicago Cultural Center came alive Sunday with the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker.  About 500 little ballerinas took over the grand ball room in a free public event made possible by the volunteer efforts of Ballet Chicago and the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band. The tutu’ed participants received a ballet lesson, […]

The dual force of climate change on sea level rise

By Kelly Calagna Sea level rise – a direct impact of a warming climate and melting ice – threatens island nations and coastal communities across the world. [vimeo 192673914 w=640 h=360] What Causes Sea Level Rise? from Medill Reports on Vimeo. Photo and video by Kelly Calagna.

Revolutionary weather satellite to aid in earlier warning of severe storms

By Kelly Calagna CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – NOAA’s revolutionary weather satellite successfully launched Saturday from Cape Canaveral at 6:42 p.m. EST.  The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R) means earlier warnings, expected to save lives from severe weather situations. GOES-R, called GOES-16 as soon as it detached from the booster,  is the first in a series […]

Innovation on the launch pad: How media capture a NASA rocket launch

By Kelly Calagna KENNEDY SPACE CENTER – Duct tape, bubble wrap, aluminum foil, plastic bags, ground stakes, bungee cords, squares of plywood and plastic storage containers are just some of the sophisticated tools adapted by journalists and photographers as they set up their remotely activated cameras at Saturday’s GOES-R weather satellite launch site at the […]

The long road to Chicago: L.A. runner returns for his 59th marathon

By Kelly Calagna Blue Benadum, 36, took to the streets of Chicago last weekend to attempt completing his 59th marathon. Benadum, a Los Angeles resident, has been competing in the Chicago Marathon for the last four years. But, in 2015, his race was cut short. Benadum had to pull out mid-race due to an injury—the […]