Green in the City

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About us

Welcome to “Green in the City,” a five-week environmental journalism reporting academy for high school students. This is our multimedia site. We have examined the lingering evidence of environmental… View »

Endangered marine habitat

Katie Kaszmetskie, a science journalism concentrator at Columbia College Chicago, is the Grand Prize winner, College Division, of the McCormick Foundation Environmental Journalism Awards competition… View »

Factory farming’s raw reality

Jette Pleasant, a student at Riverside-Brookfield High School, is the Grand Prize winner, High School Division, McCormick Foundation Environmental Journalism Awards competition held earlier in 2009.… View »

An oasis in Englewood

By LeJohn Montgomery Photo by LeJohn Montgomery LaDonna Redmond became a food activist in 2002 after her son, Wade, was diagnosed with food allergies. Once Wade was diagnosed at around 7 months,… View »

Welcome mat to green living

By Safiya Merchant and Chad Wilson The environmentally aware Chicago homeowner may have a rain barrel, a recycling bin or maybe even a rooftop solar panel or garden. But they shouldn’t stop there… View »

Big problem in Little Village

By Kimani Smith Photos by Kimani Smith Little Village, a neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side, is home to two environmentally toxic companies that emit pollutants that have been linked to high… View »

Pollution threatens

By Bri'anna Moore One of the best parts about those long Midwestern winters is that once they’re over, you can enjoy spending the summer at the beach. But how safe is your local beach? Unfortunat… View »

Covering his turf

Excerpted by the Green in the City fellows Photo by Kimani Smith Michael Hawthorne tells the inside story about the Dave Matthews Band’s very public toxic dumping. Hear more. On whether Chicago… View »

No picnic in the park

By Viviana Galvan Illustration by Bushra Kabir A park isn’t too much to ask for. In Little Village, we have just one park, the 11-acre Piotrowski Park at 31st Street and Keeler Avenue, to serve m… View »

Altgeld Gardens is no garden—yet

By Safiya Merchant and Bri'anna Moore Photo by Billy Montgomery On a dry-erase board in the office are the words: “Our mission: to enhance the quality of life of low-income residents affected by e… View »






Bushra Kabir, Northside College Prep

Bri'anna Moore, Waukegan High School

Managing editors

Brenda Becerra, Curie High School

Amairani Galvan, Farragut Career Academy

Photo editors

Jasmine Johnson, Homewood-Flossmoor High School

Kimani Smith, Noble Street College Prep

Multimedia editors

LeJohn Montgomery, Hales Franciscan High School

Morgan Selvage, King College Prep

Contributing reporters

Carissa A. Eclarin, Schurz High School

Vivianna Galvan, Farragut Career Academy

Daniela Jurado, Farragut Career Academy

Safiya Merchant, Lane Tech High School

Demetria Taylor, Lindblom Math and Science Academy

Chad Wilson, Lindblom Math and Science Academy

Professional staff
Nancy Day, chair, Journalism Department, Columbia College

Workshop director:
Brenda Butler, media specialist and former Chicago Tribune senior features editor

Rui Kaneya, managing editor, The Chicago Reporter

Maudlyne Ihejirika, assistant city editor, Chicago Sun-Times

Charlie Meyerson, former Chicago Tribune online editor, now WGN-AM news director

Billy Montgomery, reporter, photographer, professor, Columbia College

Lynn Norment, former Ebony Magazine managing editor, now media relations specialist, Carol H. Williams Agency

Antonio Olivo, immigration reporter, Chicago Tribune

Nancy Traver, professor and writing coach, Columbia College

Avis Weathersbee, former Chicago Sun-Times assistant managing editor, now blogger and writer/editor

Cassandra West, former Womanews editor, Chicago Tribune, now writer and photographer

Mike Zajakowski, picture editor, Chicago Tribune

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