Our Staff

Susan Smith Richardson
Editor and Publisher

Susan Smith Richardson is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience as a reporter, editor and columnist. Richardson previously worked at several publications across the country, including The Texas Observer, the Chicago Tribune, Austin American-Statesman and Sacramento Bee.

In addition to her career in journalism, Richardson has worked in philanthropy and higher education. She most recently served as a research fellow at the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law, where she directed the Frances T. “Sissy” Farenthold Archives Project. She was a senior  writer at the MacArthur Foundation, where she wrote and edited publications and online content for the foundation.  She has also taught journalism courses as an adjunct journalism lecturer at Columbia College Chicago.

In 2002, she received a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, where she studied housing and community development and the evolution of anti-poverty policies in the United States. She continued her studies at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where she earned a master’s degree in Public Administration in 2004.

Sherry Skalko
Sherry Skalko
Managing Editor

Sherry Skalko is an experienced digital media leader with a record of growing audiences for major media and non-profit organizations through quality journalism and effective use of technology.

Most recently, she spent three years as the Midwest Editorial Director for Patch, AOL’s network community-specific news and information websites, where she was responsible for the direction and growth of more than 200 sites in eight states. Before joining Patch in 2010, she worked for the Online News Association, the world’s largest non-profit membership organization for digital journalists, and spent three years with the Tribune Company, including time as the online editor of the South Florida SunSentinel and Editorial Strategist for Tribune Interactive.

An avid sports fan, Skalko spent five years with ESPN.com, where she developed a background in multimedia as the site’s NHL editor and its first cross-platform integration editor. She began her professional career at the Providence (R.I.) Journal where she spent five years before joining the Central Collegiate Hockey Association for two seasons as the Director of Communications.

Skalko holds a BS in journalism from Boston University.


Christine Wachter
Presentation Editor

After receiving both her master's and bachelor's degrees from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Christine joined the staff of The Chicago Reporter's sister publication, Catalyst Chicago, in 2002. She led the redesign of the website and helped launch Catalyst's new look in March 2004. Christine was named Presentation Editor for both newsmagazines in 2006. She led the redesign of the Reporter, launching its new four-color look in January 2007. Christine was teh recipient of a 2010 Peter Lisagor Award for best graphics, sponsored by the Chicago Headline Club, the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Christine is a member of the Society for News Design, and has assisted with the student chapter of SND at Medill.

Angela Caputo

Angela Caputo joined The Chicago Reporter staff to cover housing and criminal justice issues in 2010. Before joining the Reporter, Caputo worked at Progress Illinois, a political news blog, where she was a recipient of the Studs Terkel Award in 2010. Prior to Progress Illinois, she worked for the Sun-Times News Group producing award-winning investigative pieces for the Daily Southtown and Lerner Newspapers. She is the recipient of the Salute to Excellence Award by the National Association of Black Journalists and Peter Lisagor awards for Best In-depth and Best Education reporting. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2004 with a master's degree in journalism.

María Inés Zamudio

María Inés Zamudio joined The Chicago Reporter staff to cover immigration, labor and health in 2011. Before joining the Reporter, Zamudio spent three years in California working for daily newspapers. She’s a bilingual reporter and blogger with experience producing video and radio stories. She also was part of the Knight Digital Media Foundation’s 2011 Independent Journalist Fellowship and the 2010 Education Writers Association’s Research and Statistics Fellowship. Zamudio graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007.


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