Bio

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© Alissa Pagels Chicago Photographer

Robin Amer is an award-winning investigative editor and reporter based in Chicago. She currently serves as deputy editor of the alt-weekly Chicago Reader, where she supervises the paper’s news coverage and frequent investigations. In 2015 she bested nearly 400 other applicants from around the country to win WNYC’s Podcast Accelerator competition for her longform podcast The City.

Her work has been recognized with two national awards from the Sidney Hillman Foundation, among others, and her contributions to the podcast Gravy helped the Southern Foodways Alliance program win the 2015 James Beard Award for best podcast. 

Robin received her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University on a full-tuition scholarship from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. After graduating she worked as an investigative reporting fellow for Medill Watchdog, during which time that outlet published a year-long collaboration with The Chicago Tribune examining nationwide abuse of youth at troubled residential treatment centers. That series won a National Headliner Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Prior to that Robin spent six years as a host and producer at WBEZ 91.5FM and Vocalo 90.7FM, where she helped the station chart new ground in multimedia and digital audio production. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in Art Semiotics.