Development and marketing associate Chinyere Farr-Douglas is the newest member of the Reader staff, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on our team. Chinyere grew up in Baltimore with her parents, two sisters, and brother. After high school she took a chance and moved across the country to Seattle, where she worked concert halls and backstage festivals for a year. In her return from an eventful gap year, she relocated to the midwest to study communications at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Reader landed on her radar not long after her arrival in 2016. “When I first moved to Chicago, the Reader was my go-to media source for all things to know about the city,” she says. An Aquarius, Chinyere is a fearless leader with a deep social consciousness and an irrepressible tendency to think outside the box. That all serves her well in her work, since she spends her days conjuring innovative ways to spread the Reader gospel and enhance relationships with our community members. Chinyere keeps the good vibes going after work as well; she enjoys hanging out at home with her très adorable cat Ace, or venturing all around town to relax at the lakefront, visit local shops in Pilsen, or take in nature at the Garfield Park Conservatory. She’s also a huge arts lover with diverse tastes in books, music, and film, and says that if someone made a film about her life, actress and producer Issa Rae would star in the leading role. On joining the Reader this spring, Chinyere says, “It’s a dream come true to be a part of a legacy paper that has had so much impact on the city.” The feeling is mutual, Chinyere—welcome aboard the Reader ship!

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