Laura S. Washington

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Laura S. Washington "an In These Times senior editor, teaches journalism at DePaul University and is a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times...

"In 1985 Washington was appointed deputy press secretary to Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago’s first black mayor. From 1987 to 1990 she was a producer for the investigative unit at CBS-2/Chicago. In 1990 Washington returned to The Chicago Reporter and served as editor and publisher from 1994 through 2001. She has written for the Chicago Tribune, specializing in issues of race, poverty and urban affairs. She was appointed to the Ida B. Wells-Barnett Chair at DePaul in June 2003.

"Washington earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in journalism from Medill, at Northwestern University, 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, the Studs Terkel Award for Community Journalism and the Ohio State Award for broadcast journalism. She has also received the Racial Justice Award from the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago is a founding inductee to the Medill School of Journalism Hall of Achievement and the 2002 Northwestern University Alumnae Award. In 1999 The Chicago Community Trust awarded her a Community Service Fellowship, for “exemplary service, commitment and leadership in individuals from the nonprofit sector.”

"She is a member of the Chicago and National associations of black journalists and serves as board secretary of The Field Museum. She is Vice-Chair of the board of The Woods Fund of Chicago and the Neighborhood Writing Alliance. She also serves on the board of The Donors Forum of Chicago." [1]

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  1. Laura S. Washington, In These Times, accessed July 19, 2008.