Our Staff

Susan Smith Richardson
Editor and Publisher

Susan Smith Richardson is editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter. She's been a crusading journalist for more years than she cares to remember, most of the time with daily newspapers. Her columns about gentrification helped her land a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, where she also earned a Master in Public Administration.

But don't let the Harvard credentials fool you. Before becoming a journalist, she was a grassroots organizer in Texas and the South, working in communities of color and with rank-and-file labor organizations. Susan lives in the South Side neighborhood of Woodlawn and has a standing date at 9 p.m. Thursdays with Viola Davis and the cast of "How To Get Away With Murder." She's also a fan of the other Davis ­– Angela, though for different reasons.

Deborah Shelton
Contributing Editor

Deborah Shelton is a contributing editor at The Chicago Reporter. Her mission: Help make the world a better place and look out for the Little Guy (and Gal). She fell in love with journalism because it can inspire positive change. 


For most of her career, she covered health, science and medicine. Her work today focuses on the nexus of health and other social issues, with a strong emphasis on race and poverty. Her career spans print and broadcast news: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, NBC, CBS and American Medical News. She wrote about social justice issues on the Post-Dispatch editorial board. She’s won a slew of awards, but you probably don’t want to hear about that. 


When she’s not wearing her white hat or superhero cape, she can be found kicking back with a bowl of Thai soup, watching documentaries or reading – or possibly, trying to do all three simultaneously. 


Christine Wachter
Christine Wachter
Presentation Editor

Christine Wachter is the presentation editor at The Chicago Reporter. She may not be the one calling all the shots at the Reporter, but she’s the staffer with the most seniority. Christine started out as a designer for the Reporter’s sister publication, Catalyst Chicago, back in 2002— fresh out of graduate school at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. In 2006, she decided she didn’t have enough on her plate, so she took over the design for the Reporter.

During her many, many years here, Christine has helped launch new websites and spearheaded redesigns for both magazines. She established the Reporter’s photojournalism fellowship program and serves as the unofficial AP style police/grammar police in the newsroom. In her spare time, Christine collects Peter Lisagor Awards—particularly for her graphics and design. She also gets a kick out of throwing great parties, and she wants to be an event planner when she grows up.

Candi Meriwether
Contributing Editor

Candi Meriwether is a contributing editor at The Chicago Reporter and a stickler for names. She’s got an uncommon – though optimistic – one herself. But as upbeat as her handle is, it’s almost always misspelled by others. That’s why this veteran journalist cut her teeth in the newsroom as a copy editor. Copy editors fix errors like misspellings, poor grammar and bad math. Candi happily did that work at newspapers including The Seattle Times and the Chicago Tribune. Then she jumped to magazines, as copy chief for the iconic Ebony and Jet magazines, then as managing editor for Jet, where she assigned, edited and wrote top news/entertainment stories of the day. She does the same work now for the Reporter, only the stories and op-ed pieces focus on news about race, politics and social justice.  


Jonah Newman
Jonah Newman
Database Reporter

Jonah Newman joined The Chicago Reporter in October 2014, after two years at The Chronicle of Higher Education, in Washington, D.C. He is a database reporter, which means he uses data of all kinds to tell stories that investigate, explore and, ultimately, complicate our understanding of the world. He loves few things as much as a good public-records fight and he is dogmatic about holding powerful institutions accountable. He received a 2013 National Award for Education Reporting for data journalism. His work has also appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Marketplace, Thirty Two Magazine and Tablet Magazine. 


Jonah received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He has always had a special kind of affection for Chicago, which is both intensified and complicated by the city’s many shortcomings. He lives in Wicker Park with his girlfriend, but he’s not a hipster although he does enjoy a good farmers market. 


Adeshina Emmanuel

Adeshina Emmanuel comes to The Chicago Reporter from DNAinfo Chicago, where he covered the city’s Uptown and Andersonville neighborhoods for two action-packed years, reporting about everything from crime, politics and education to business, transportation and housing. A native Chicagoan, Ade was raised in Uptown by an African-American mother and Nigerian father. 


Before joining DNAinfo, Ade (Here’s a tip: don’t call him “Aid”) spent a summer reporting on federal government in Washington, D.C., as The New York Times’ 2012 David. E. Rosenbaum Fellow. Before that, the former Loyola University Chicago journalism student spent six months at the Chicago Sun-Times as a wire reporter and occasional Metro reporter. He has also held internships with the Catholic News Service, the Better Government Association and the now-defunct Chitowndailynews.org, and he worked as a freelance writer for Patch.com and Streetwise Magazine.


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