It was really cool to meet Kari Lydersen today. Before she explained it to us, we really didn’t know what social justice meant but we learned about it through examples she was giving us. Once we knew what it meant, we realized how so many things we talk about are related to social justice.
I also interviewed her and I really liked how she answered and explained her answers. Pretty much what she told me was pure gold for my piece. Her answers were long which is what I like because sometimes when I ask a question I’ll get a yes or no answer with no explanation. And, she also gave me a cool throwback about her first pair of Converse.
This is her official bio from the Social Justice News Nexus:
Kari Lydersen is a Chicago reporter, author and journalism instructor. She wrote for The Washington Post as a staffer in the Midwest Bureau in Chicago until the bureau closed in 2009, and she wrote for the New York Times Chicago edition from 2010 to 2012 with the Chicago News Cooperative. Her work has also appeared in publications including The Economist, People Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Reader and The Chicago Reporter. She currently covers energy stories for Midwest Energy News and labor issues for In These Times magazine’s “Working” blog. She is the author of four books, most recently Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%. In 2011-2012 she was a Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism fellow at the University of Colorado, focusing on hard rock mining.
She has also participated in immigration, environmental and health journalism fellowships with the Institute for Justice and Journalism, the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources and Reportingonhealth.org. She has taught journalism at Columbia College Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and with the youth program We the People Media; and she is a research associate with the Medill Watchdog Project at Northwestern. She received a BSJ from Medill in 1997 and was also on the swim team at Northwestern.
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