We’re here and we’re listening. So we’d like to introduce ourselves to communities across Illinois. The ProPublica Illinois team brings experience covering criminal justice, housing, municipal finance, immigration, child welfare, government, education, labor and other issues, as well as expertise in data journalism, news applications and engagement.
Editor-in-Chief Louise Kiernan believes a good editor is a good listener, a good questioner and a strong advocate for their reporters’ work.
Reporting Fellow Jerrel Floyd wants to use a strong narrative voice to tell the stories of people who are overlooked.
Producer Vignesh Ramachandran works on making sure the look, feel and design of ProPublica Illinois’ content makes sense to readers.
Reporter Jason Grotto believes if you’re complacent and just take things at face value, you’re going to miss the truth.
Reporter Melissa Sanchez says the key to finding stories is to pay attention to what people are doing and expressing an interest in their lives.
As an ‘Emerging Reporter’ fellow, each interview has taught me something new, challenged a preconceived belief or reinforced an idea about journalism.
News Applications Developer David Eads considers himself a journalist first, but somebody who does it with coding, data and design.
Data Reporter Sandhya Kambhampati believes at the crux of every story, people need to understand that there are humans being impacted. It’s not just data points and numbers.
Reporter Jodi S. Cohen believes journalists can achieve more when collaborating with each other and other newsrooms.
Deputy Editor Steve Mills believes he can use editing as a constant learning experience and that, in this field, “there are always stories out there.”
Reporter Duaa Eldeib believes she succeeds as a journalist every time she tells an untold story.
Engagement Reporter Logan Jaffe helps us reach new audiences and involve them in our reporting.
Reporter Mick Dumke is a self-described “political junkie” who likes to dig into unexplored stories.