Laura Washington

Emmy-Winning Journalist, Commentator and Editor

Laura S. Washington brings more than two decades of experience as a nonprofit professional and multimedia journalist who specializes in African-American affairs, local and national politics, race and racism, and social justice. She currently serves as interim publisher of the Chicago Reporter, as a contributing editor to In These Times and as a political analyst for ABC-7 Chicago.

From 20032009, she served as the Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor at DePaul University. In the 1990s, she was the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Reporter, a nationally recognized investigative monthly specializing in racial issues and urban affairs. Her column has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times since 2001. She is a frequent commentator on Chicago Public Radio and NPR. She has also written a column for the Chicago Tribune.

In 1985, Washington was appointed deputy press secretary to Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago's first black mayor. She also served as a producer for the investigative unit at CBS-2/Chicago and as a correspondent for Chicago Tonight on WTTW-TV.

Washington earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she has also taught and lectured. She has been honored with more than two dozen local and national awards for her work, including two Chicago Emmys, the Peter Lisagor Award and the Studs Terkel Award for Community Journalism. Newsweek named Washington one of the nation's "100 people to watch" in the 21st century. Newsweek said: "Her style of investigative journalism has made [the Reporter] a powerful and award-winning voice."

Washington is widely quoted in outlets including the BBC, NBC Nightly News, the New York Times, Newsweek, the PBS NewsHour and Time.

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