Previous Work

screen-shot-2017-02-12-at-8-42-23-pmInvestigating police misconduct (Chicago Reader 2016)
In 2016 I spearheaded and edited a series of six investigative stories dealing with accusations of police misconduct and corruption in Chicago:

How Chicago’s ‘Fraternal Order of Propaganda’ shapes the story of fatal police shootings
Can a lawsuit deliver justice after a fatal police shooting?
Charged with murder but they didn’t kill anyone—police did
Inside the Chicago Police Department’s secret budget
The rise and fall of community policing in Chicago
No-show cops and dysfunctional courts keep Cook County jail inmates waiting years for a trial

screen-shot-2017-02-12-at-8-41-02-pmAt Profiles Theatre the drama—and abuse—is real (Chicago Reader 2016)
For more than 20 years, actors and crew members stayed silent about mistreatment they suffered at the acclaimed storefront theater. Now they’re speaking up, hoping to protect workers in non-Equity theaters across the country.

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Can City Farm outlast the redevelopment of Cabrini-Green? (Chicago Reader 2015)
Chicago’s oldest urban farm is moving—again.

Screen Shot 2017-02-12 at 8.24.21 PM.pngThe last Jews of Natchez (Gravy 2015)
In a Mississippi town once home to hundreds of Jewish families, only a handful of people remain—including my grandparents.

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Making Market Street (Detour 2015)
San Francisco’s most important street struggles to find its way.

Agri-Fine Corp. produces a component of animal feed at its Southeast Side facility.  The state says odors from the factory are making people ill. (Photo by Robin Amer)
Something smells funny, but Agri-Fine odor is no joke (DNAinfo Chicago 2015)
For years, residents of Chicago’s Southeast Side have complained about putrid smells coming from the manufacturing facilities of Agri-Fine Corp.

A worker takes a break from his shift at Finkl Steel. Photographed in 2013. (Robin Amer)
Manufacturing consent (Belt Magazine 2015)
Chicago’s oldest steel mill will soon be demolished. What will replace it when it’s gone? 

 

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Redlining redefined (The 1964 Project 2014)
Fair housing groups say banks have neglected foreclosed homes in black neighborhoods, those hardest hit by the recent foreclosure crisis. If they’re right, it could mean further damage to minority communities and the decimation of black wealth for generations to come.

 

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100 years of Chicago bungalows (WBEZ 2013)
There are more than 80,000 bungalows in Chicago, making them a critical part of the city’s architectural landscape. 

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Six sets of tunnels hidden under Chicago’s Loop (WBEZ 2013)
Is it true that a secret network of tunnels runs underneath Chicago’s downtown? The answer is yes, and we explore them. 

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A daring plan to wrap a Chicago museum makes art history—and raises city ire
(WBEZ 2012)
When the artist Christo set out  to wrap a building in America, New York said no. But Chicago said yes. 

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At the Plant, entrepreneurs turn waste into jobs (WBEZ 2011)
The old saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” may be a tired cliché, but the people behind The Plant, a small business incubator on Chicago’s Southwest Side, hope this mantra will help them turn spent grain into money and fish waste into jobs. This story was a finalist for a 2012 Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club in the Multimedia category.

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