Lynette Kalsnes

Editor, Arts and Culture
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Lynette Kalsnes is a reporter/producer covering culture and religion at WBEZ. She coordinates a staff training program, and the Pritzker Journalism Fellowship.

Lynette joined WBEZ in September 2003 and has served numerous roles, including editor of the Arts and Culture Desk and the Chicago StoryCorps segment;  and arts and culture reporter, with a special interest in covering the area's unique and diverse neighborhoods, including their religious and ethnic traditions.

She previously had covered issues including science and immigration, with deep dives into immigrant housing and resettlement for Chicago Matters, and water policy for Front & Center. Before that, she ran the News Desk and worked as a producer.

Her work has appeared on National Public Radio and Great Lakes Radio Consortium, and been recognized by PRNDI, the regional RTNDA Murrow award, the James Beard Media Award, the Illinois Associated Press, and by the Chicago Headline Club with three Lisagor awards. Prior to joining WBEZ, Lynette reported for more than a dozen years at newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Kalamazoo Gazette, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and the Medina County Gazette, earning several awards.

Lynette is a Fellow with the News Literacy Project, and serves on the board of the Association for Women Journalists-Chicago, chairing the Program Committee. Lynette has a B.A. in journalism with honors from Michigan State University, and studied abroad in England. Originally from Minnesota, Lynette resides in Chicago with her husband.

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