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.
Rui Kaneya is Investigations Editor at The Chicago Reporter. Kaneya was a recipient of the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Minority Fellowship in Urban Journalism in 1998 and specializes in reporting on immigration issues. His work has been recognized with numerous awards for his reporting and editing. Among the most recent were the Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists' Chicago Headline Club, the Herman Kogan Media Award from The Chicago Bar Association, and the Salute to Excellence National Media Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
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 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 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.