A Black person wearing a cream colored button down shirt, standing in front of a window and a white wall. They are smiling.
Debbie-Marie Brown Credit: Evan Girard

The Chicago Reader is excited to announce that a social justice reporter has been added to our editorial staff. The position is made possible by a generous grant from the Field Foundation.

Debbie-Marie Brown (they/them) is a Black, queer, nonbinary Afro-Latinx journalist. Brown is currently a staff writer with a social justice focus at the Chicago Reader, and much of their work will center on LGBTQ+ people and Black and Brown Chicagoans.

Before coming to the Reader, Brown spent a year reporting on local reparations and Black Evanston with the Evanston Roundtable. You can follow Brown on Twitter @debbiemarieb_.

“We are excited to welcome Debbie-Marie to our news desk staff to help strengthen our reporting in the social justice spheres,” said Reader managing editor Salem Collo-Julin. “Debbie-Marie emerged as an excellent candidate early in our search, which was made even more impressive given the amount of applicants we had for this role. We are grateful to the Field Foundation for assisting us in continuing the legacy of the Chicago Reader’s history of finding and amplifying underreported stories.”