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. His work has also appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Marketplace, Thirty Two Magazine and Tablet Magazine.
Jonah received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He has always had a special kind of affection for Chicago, which is both intensified and complicated by the city’s many shortcomings. He lives in Wicker Park with his girlfriend, but he’s not a hipster – although he does enjoy a good farmers market.