Writer Debbie-Marie Brown hired for this position, made possible in part by grant funding from the Field Foundation.
Sale documents were signed May 16, 2022, to transfer ownership of the Chicago Reader to the Reader Institute for Community Journalism, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
It is with excitement that we are able to (finally) announce that the Chicago Reader is transitioning fully to its nonprofit status under the Reader Institute for Community Journalism!
Reader co-owner Leonard C. Goodman has reportedly dropped his opposition to the newspaper’s transition to a full nonprofit.
Your donation today will help keep our community-funded nonprofit newsroom publishing.
Merchandise celebrating the first fifty years of the Reader
Migrating to WordPress and modernizing the site is part of the Reader’s grand plan to keep being free and freaky for another 50 years. We couldn’t do it without you, and I want to thank everyone who’s supported us during our transition to nonprofit and our ongoing struggle—like everyone else—to successfully weather the upheavals of the last 18 months.
Our fearless leader Karen Hawkins was honored with Public Narrative’s Studs Terkel Award—meanwhile the entire team earned bragging rights at the Local Media Association and Peter Lisagor Awards.
Forty-three independent Chicago-area media outlets have joined forces to raise funds in a month-long campaign launching May 12, 2021. The for-profit and nonprofit organizations represent a wide cross-section of community media in the city and nearby suburbs.
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Tracy Baim, publisher for the past two years, will now be co-publisher alongside Karen Hawkins, who has been co-editor in chief with Sujay Kumar since 2019.
The Reader brought home some AAN Awards.
Adam M. Rhodes fills the yearlong position made possible by grant funding from the Field Foundation.
Don’t miss the newest Chicago Reader “Best of” book, a collection of pieces from more than two decades of work by senior writer Mike Sula: An Invasion of Gastronomic Proportions: My Adventures With Chicago Animals, Human and Otherwise.