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Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based reporter specializing in energy, the environment, labor, public health and immigration issues, and the myriad and complicated way such topics intersect.
Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based reporter specializing in energy, the environment, labor, public health and immigration issues, and the myriad and complicated way such topics intersect.

In this series of "Blogs Worth Mentioning," we are pleased to present a beautiful and talented writer. Kari Lydersen is a journalist and author of Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%.

About Kari:

I'm a Chicago-based reporter specializing in energy, the environment, labor, public health and immigration issues, and the myriad and complicated way such topics intersect.

I aim to show the ground-level impacts of policy, technology and economic developments, including a focus on how the most vulnerable communities are impacted and how they respond through community organizing and other efforts.

I currently work as a leader of the Social Justice Chicago Reporting Fellowship at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University,

 

 

and also as a research associate for the Medill Watchdog Project.

I write regularly about energy for Midwest Energy News and about labor issues for In These Times magazine along with writing for other publications including Crain's Chicago Business and GlobalPost. I previously wrote for The Washington Post as a staffer in the Midwest Bureau, where I covered breaking news and feature stories around the Midwest and contributed regularly to the Science Page.  I also wrote for The New York Times Chicago edition as a reporter for The Chicago News Cooperative; and I have written for other publications including People Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and The Economist.

I spent the 2011-2012 academic year at the University of Colorado on a Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism fellowship, focusing on hard rock mining in the U.S. and around the world – an ongoing project. I'm the author of four books; most recently Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%.

I've taught journalism at Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and I also work with youth journalists from marginalized neighborhoods through the non-profit program We the People Media.

Though journalism is going through some tough times right now, I continue to feel lucky every day to work in a profession where I am constantly learning and having the chance to share what I learn with others. I am always looking for story ideas and opportunities for collaboration or debate.

MUSIC: Tom Russell and Bruce Springsteen – true storytellers…also nueva trova, political punk rock and hip hop, my friends playing guitar…

FOOD: Dairy Queen, Pad Thai, mole enchiladas, macaroni and cheese.

FINDING MY PLACE: I was born and spent my early years in the Rocky Mountains (Colorado), and grew up for the most part on the ocean – San Diego, California. I never imagined I’d live in the Midwest, but like so many people say, Chicago has gotten under my skin and into my heart, even though I still pine for the wild open spaces.

HOBBIES: Exploring Chicago and anywhere else in the world…swimming, running, kayaking, biking…

Follow and like Kari Lydersen:

Website: www.karilydersen.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/karilydersen1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kari.lydersen.7
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Karilydersenjournalist

 

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