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ChicagoTalks is a non-profit, local news source for Chicago and its many neighborhoods. Our stories come from all corners of the city; our reporters are young journalists learning to cover their communities and the people within them with a story to tell. Founded in the fall of 2006 by Columbia College Chicago professors Barbara Iverson and Suzanne McBride, with grants from J-Lab and the Knight Foundation, were able to jumpstart the news site and become a working lab for journalism students.  Columbia College continues to support and its sister publication,

As we celebrate the 15th anniversary of ChicagoTalks, we continue to publish the works of thriving journalism students who specialize in editing, blogging, photography, and social media. Our goal is to showcase the voices of talented, aspiring writers in addition to adding experience as well as material to their resume and portfolio. We welcome students to submit work outside of class material therefore their work is not limited. ChicagoTalks gives journalists the tools to jumpstart career opportunities within their area of interest and continues to be a space for creativity. 



photo by Ejai Cook

Gabrielle Russell is a senior at Columbia College Chicago pursuing a degree in Journalism with a focus on TV broadcasting. Gabrielle’s main areas of interests are Arts & Culture and Food & Entertainment. She has had work published in True Star Magazine, authored her own fashion column in Coast 2 Coast Magazine, modeled in ECHO magazine and was a blogger/contributing writer for MILQ Magazine. Her work has also been published in ChicagoTalks and the Columbia Chronicle. With plans to be a TV host in the entertainment industry and a fashion editor, Gabrielle is currently the founder and editor of her own site called It’s Not, Not Wine, as well as her YouTube channel, “I, Gabrielle London.”Her hobbies include writing poetry, painting and trying new restaurants in the city.

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