The Chicago Reporter is a nonprofit investigative news organization that focuses on race, poverty and income inequality in Chicago and the nation. In addition to a website, the Reporter publishes a quarterly magazine.
The Reporter was founded in 1972 to serve as a barometer for Chicago’s progress toward racial equality coming out of the civil rights era. As one of America’s most segregated cities and the home of the nation’s largest public housing development, Chicago continues to experience racial and economic inequality. The Chicago Reporter serves a critical role in the city and nation by focusing the power of investigative reporting on issues of inequality that rarely receive thorough and regular examination. Our core areas of coverage are criminal justice, affordable housing, public health, labor and employment and immigration.
The Reporter has had a significant impact in its 40-year history. In the 1980s, former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington cited the Reporter's work in addressing longstanding racial inequalities in the distribution of city services. Almost 25 years later, the Reporter’s investigation of racially disparate home mortgage lending sparked a lawsuit by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan that resulted in an $8.7 billion settlement with Countrywide Financial to modify more than 400,000 home loans nationwide. Today, the Reporter continues to serve a diverse and influential audience of policymakers, government officials, journalists, community activists, social service providers and people interested in racial and economic justice.