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I am journalist who received my undergrad from Columbia College Chicago in Journalism with a concentration in print and a minor in women and gender studies. I am currently going for my masters in journalism at Columbia College Chicago. I love writing articles about politics, community news, and sports. I held an eight month internship with Vibe Magazine and have written for school publications such as Echo Magazine. I have many clips available outside of Chicagotalks, as well as numerous videos, interviews, documentaries and other multimedia projects I have produced and edited myself.

‘PlayStreets’ Offers Safe Place for Children to Play Outside

It’s not something one would expect to see in Chicago: children playing in the street, as their parents, grandparents, and neighbors watch approvingly. That is what has been happening in six South and West Side neighborhoods since August under the Chicago Department of Public Health’s PlayStreets program. As part of the Healthy Chicago initiative, local […]

UPDATED 20th Ward Candidates Weigh In Before Election

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UPDATED 20th Ward Candidates Weigh In Before Election

The runoff race for alderman of the 20th Ward is underway, as its two candidates, Alderman Willie B. Cochran at 46 percent, and Grammy Award winning rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith at 20 percent face off. Named after the revolutionary Che Guevara, Smith believes that it is him who is going to help his community make […]

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Lakeview Residents See Little Need for Electrical Fences

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Lakeview Residents See Little Need for Electrical Fences

How about a 7,000-volt jolt every 1.3 seconds to the would-be burglars of the Chicagoland area? It could happen for some Chicago businesses that would be allowed to install non-lethal electric security fences, so long as they don’t border residential or public areas and are at least 8 feet tall. This ordinance, which has been […]

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New 23rd District Polics Station Set to Open

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New 23rd District Polics Station Set to Open

The grand opening of the new 23rd District Police Station was this past Saturday, where Mayor Daley showed off the new state-of-the-art 44,000-square-foot building that was designed to achieve “gold” level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Featuring a green and reflective roof, state-of-the-art security, computerized […]

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Lakeview Food Pantry Reaches Out to Lakeview Residents in Need

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Lakeview Food Pantry Reaches Out to Lakeview Residents in Need

Granite counter tops, a brightly painted mural and ambient music encompass 30 chairs that hold anticipating faces ready to receive their organic produce, canned goods, and even fresh flowers. It’s a scene unlikely to be found in most food pantries. However, Lakeview Pantry caters to the importance of making their clients feel “comfortable in an […]

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New National Public Housing Museum to Open in Chicago in the Fall of 2012

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New National Public Housing Museum to Open in Chicago in the Fall of 2012

Public housing, a term coined in the 1930’s, is home to millions of faceless people every year with untold stories. The National Public Housing Museum, due to open in the Fall of 2012 at 1322 W. Taylor Street, in the heart of Little Italy, in Chicago, is the first cultural institution in the United States […]

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Tragic Past No Obstacle for Lakeview Nail Salon Owner

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Tragic Past No Obstacle for Lakeview Nail Salon Owner

In an area flourishing with independent nail salons, the owner of Hollywood Nails manages to craft a unique experience that keeps customers coming back. Customers say it’s Nancy Pham’s cheerful demeanor that keeps them visiting her small Lakeview shop. But one might not guess that this entrepreneur with a go-getter attitude survived a tragic past […]

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