Solutions to Violence in Chicago

  Any day now one, two or three people will be shot dead. The daily drip of blood flows on though fewer lives were lost in 2014. The stories are not likely to differ from before: How tragic. How upsetting. How frustrating and unacceptable. All true. But maybe now we can look forward to reporting […]

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This Toll Does Not End

  In Newtown, Conn. the toll grew by another 27 lives. That was two years ago on Dec. 14. It was early in the morning as a troubled 20-year-old swept from his home to the Sandy Hook Elementary School. It was a heart-breaking addition to the chronicle of mass shootings in the US – a […]

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Who Is Telling the Nation’s Story?

Say you are working in a newsroom right now. Look around. What do you see? Who do you see? Do you see a place that reflects colleagues of many different origins? Nationally, the numbers tell us the situation has barely changed.     But let’s break these numbers down. We see that the small share […]

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Who Speaks For All of Chicago?

Almost a lifetime ago now, I wandered door to door in black Washington, asking simple questions: What do you see in the news media that tells about your life? And do you trust the news media? I learned from the people I talked with that their Washington was virtually invisible in a news media that […]

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