Happy anniversary. It was in July 1972 that The Chicago Reporter debuted its first issue. Since then, the magazine has continued to grow and impact policy issues both on a local and national level.

More than 700 staff and interns have walked through our doors during that time. And during the next year, we’ll look back at where we’ve been, celebrate our impact and look forward to the years ahead. We’ll celebrate in many ways, so make sure to sign up for the free e-newsletter at chicagoreporter.com and stay up-to-date on all of the events. We’ll be hosting several socials and public forums with our collaborative media partners, so make sure you’re in the know.

As part of our 40th year celebration, the Reporter is in the process of tracking down all past employees. If you are an alumna or alumnus or have served at any point on one of our editorial boards, please send us your contact information at alumni@chicagoreporter.com.

The Reporter is in the process of making some improvements to our website during our 40th year with the generous grant support from the Open Society Foundations. You’ll see most of the changes later this summer. The website will have a new look. But more importantly, it will be easier for you to find what you need. There will be more things to access, including our radio show archive and conversations about the stories we’re writing. We’ll also debut new video content and have a series of regular photo slide shows.

We’ll continue to add to the website as the year rolls on. So stay tuned.

The Reporter this summer launched its first photography internship. The Reporter selected two photographers from across the country to participate. Joining our staff is Lucio Villa and William Camargo. You may have seen some of their work already online at chicagoreporter.com.

The Reporter in June presented on two panels at this year’s national conference of the  Investigative Reporters and Editors. Reporter Angela Caputo discussed her work on, “Digging into housing scandals,” while Editor and Publisher Kimbriell Kelly talked about “Investigating poverty.”