Kerry Cardoza and Chasity Cooper
L: Kerry Cardoza; R: Chasity Cooper Credit: Courtesy the artists

The Chicago Reader is pleased to announce some new hires in our editorial and marketing departments.

Kerry Cardoza (she/her) is the Reader’s newest culture editor, and her focus will be on art, architecture, books, literary arts, and other related cultural topics. She is a Chicago-based journalist who often writes about art, culture, labor, and power. In addition to her work with the Reader, Cardoza is the punk columnist at Bandcamp Daily, and a member of the Freelance Solidarity Project. 

“Kerry has been a valued contributor to our culture pages since her tenure here years ago as an intern,” said managing editor Salem Collo-Julin. “She will bring a trained eye and studied expertise to our coverage and I’m happy to have been able to bring her on as part of our talented staff.”

Chasity Cooper (she/her) is the Reader’s new newsletter associate, and works closely with our marketing and editorial teams. She is a writer, entrepreneur, and wine culture expert. Cooper has previously written for Wine Enthusiast, Food & Wine, and the Chicago Tribune

“I’m so excited to bring Chasity Cooper on board. Her extensive background and expertise on brand and marketing products is such a crucial addition to our marketing team,” said Reader director of marketing Vivian Gonzalez. “Excited to see what we can accomplish.”

The Chicago Reader is published by the Reader Institute for Community Journalism, a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization.