Laura S. Washington
Laura S. Washington is the interim publisher of The Chicago Reporter. She also serves as a Chicago Sun-Times columnist, political analyst for ABC 7 and a contributing editor to In These Times magazine.
Washington brings more than two decades of experience as a multimedia journalist and nonprofit professional specializing in African-American affairs, local and national politics, race, and social justice. From 2003 to 2009 she served as the Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor at DePaul University.
She previously served as editor and publisher of the Reporter from 1990 to 2002, and was a deputy press secretary to Mayor Harold Washington. Washington received BSJ and MSJ degrees from Northwestern University.
Her work has been honored with dozens of local and national awards, including two Chicago Emmys, the Peter Lisagor Award, the Studs Terkel Award for Community Journalism and the Racial Justice Award from the YWCA.
Newsweek magazine named Washington one of the nation's "100 People to Watch" in the 21st Century, saying: "her style of investigative journalism has made (the Reporter) a powerful and award-winning voice."
Her work has been widely featured in the national media, including Time and Newsweek magazines, The New York Times, PBS and the BBC.