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%.
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…
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