Before entering into public radio, Mackenzie spent her time searching the city for visual stories. Her camera has accompanied her to a 24-hour stint in one of Chicago’s longstanding diners, a West Side boxing club, and a ping pong club tucked into the back of a U-Haul rental facility. She grew up in a small town near Detroit and moved to the other side of Lake Michigan to earn degrees in cultural studies and multimedia photojournalism from Columbia College Chicago. After six years in the city, she’s found her home in attending live shows, exploring new blocks, and riding around on her yellow Schwinn road bike.
Stories by Mackenzie Crosson
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Two WBEZ education reporters share how a family and a teacher are coping with remote learning.
Curious City spent a morning with “Podawan Montessori,” a remote learning pod that’s using a Logan Square garage as its classroom.
Plywood boards became canvases for artists across Chicago. As the boards come down, one Chicagoan wonders what will happen to this art.
A Chicago psychiatrist misses being able to observe her patients in person — their appearance, their body language, their demeanor.
Safia Rashid says farming helps connect her and her community to their African American heritage. A pandemic can’t take that away.
A new mom. A second child. A midwife. Three stories about how pregnancy, birth and motherhood are changing during the pandemic.
With less traffic on the roads and some businesses shut, one Curious Citizen wonders if the air we’re breathing is any cleaner.
Lucy Keating first learned to sew on her grandmother’s Singer sewing machine. Today, she’s reviving her skills to make masks for COVID-19.
Two Albany Park chefs turned a Chinese-Korean chicken dish into a signature Chicago food. Here’s how to make it.