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.
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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.
Asraa Mustufa is digital editor at The Chicago Reporter. A Chicago transplant by way of New Jersey, Asraa has worked with various community organizations in the Chicago area, and has written and reported on national security, immigration, and police issues for Colorlines.com. She studied journalism, political science, and south Asian studies at Rutgers University.
A passion for community, enterprise and international reporting landed South Side native La Risa Lynch her dream job — a position at The Chicago Reporter. It is not her first stint at the investigative news organization, however. With her communications degree in hand from Alabama State University, La Risa interned at the Reporter many moons ago.
Matt Kiefer is data editor at The Chicago Reporter. He spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter, editor and researcher for several Chicago-area newspapers — then took a sabbatical of sorts to do computer programming for a local software company. He learned a few new tricks during his stint in tech. Now, Matt helps the Reporter find needles in the haystacks of data concerning race and poverty in Chicago.
Lorraine served as editor-in-chief of the Reporter’s sister publication Catalyst Chicago from 2004 to 2015 and as deputy editor prior to that. Her experience includes stints as a journalism instructor at Northwestern University and Columbia College; a writer and producer at WGN-TV; and reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times and the Daily Southtown. She received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from The Ohio State University.
Kalyn Belsha writes about education for The Chicago Reporter — the same beat she covered at Catalyst Chicago before the two publications merged in 2016. Prior to that, Kalyn reported on schools in Chicago’s western suburbs for the Aurora Beacon-News and had a brief stint as a deputy press secretary for Chicago Public Schools. She received a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and teaches at Loyola University Chicago.