Celebrating 50 Years of Investigative Reporting on Race and Equity

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Celebrating 50 Years of Investigative Reporting on Race and Equity

The Chicago Reporter turns 50 this July! Help alumni and friends celebrate its enduring legacy at two exciting events.

When and where


To be announced

About this event

The Chicago Reporter published its first issue in July 1972. Founded by civil rights activist John A. McDermott, it has been shining a bright light on institutional racism and discrimination in metropolitan Chicago for five decades. Join Friends of The Chicago Reporter in honoring its rich history and valuable legacy. RSVP required.

(Note: These events are hosted by Friends of The Chicago Reporter, a group founded by alumni and other longtime supporters. Friends of The Chicago Reporter is not affiliated with The Chicago Reporter or the Community Renewal Society.)


Bronzeville Winery / 4420 South Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago, IL, 60653

We're throwing a party to celebrate 50 years of The Chicago Reporter. Join us for fun, music, fellowship and complimentary hors d'oeuvres on the patio at Bronzeville Winery. A full cash bar will be available.


Columbia College Chicago / 618 S. Michigan Ave. Room 207, Chicago, IL 60605

Alumni will convene a conversation about the Reporter’s influence on their work to shine a light on race and inequity. Excerpts from an alumni-led oral history project will be interspersed throughout the discussion. Panelists will include:

  • Tonika Lewis Johnson, social justice artist and Folded Map Project creator
  • Ben Joravsky, senior writer for the Chicago Reader and host, The Ben Joravsky Show
  • Kevin B. Blackistone, ESPN panelist and professor, University of Maryland; sports columnist for The Washington Post
  • Lucio Villa, Senior Engineer, Vox Media
  • Angela Caputo, communications specialist on homelessness and criminal justice issues in Los Angeles
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Want to buy a round for your friends?

To make a tax-deductible donation that will help underwrite the cost of these events, visit https://bit.ly/FOTCR.

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Host Committee

Kevin B. Blackistone

Tom Brune

Angela Caputo and Ken Kook

Thom Clark

Nora Duff and James Ylisela Jr.

Sylvia Ewing

Sarah Karp and Daniel Ash

Susan Lloyd

John McDermott Jr.

Jack Roberts

Susy Schultz

Laura S. Washington


John A. McDermott Sponsor ($2,500 and up)

Friends of The Chicago Reporter Core Committee

Lillian Calhoun Sponsors ($1,000-$2,499)

Hon. Jacqueline Y. Collins

Anne Evens, Sylvia Ewing, Elevate

Christie Hefner

Michael McDermott and Nickie Sage

Donna Norkus

Hon. Toni Preckwinkle

Roy Larson Sponsors ($500-$999)

Michael Bennett

Victoria and Barnaby Dinges Charitable Fund

Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis

Lisa Madigan

Kim Mongoven

Irene Pace

Bettylu Saltzman

Rev. Alexander E. Sharp

Fred Stein and Nikki Will Stein

Alysia Tate

In-kind Sponsors

BTS Enterprises Promotional Products

Chicago Headline Club Foundation

Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights

Complete Communications Inc.

Crossroads Fund

DLA Piper

McDermott Will & Emery

Pamplin Media Group


Uncaged Photography

**To date

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Friends of The Chicago Reporter Core Committee

Kevin Blackistone

Tom Brune

Angela Caputo

Thom Clark

Paul Cuadros

Kay Humphries

Rui Kaneya

Alden K. Loury

John McDermott Jr.

Josh McGhee

Sharon McGowan

Irene Pace

Jack Roberts

John Schrag

Susy Schultz

Christine Wachter

Laura S. Washington

James Ylisela Jr.

Friends of The Chicago Reporter is not affiliated with The Chicago Reporter or the Community Renewal Society.