Previously, she covered health care, government, crime, courts, higher education and news of the weird (think coffin parties) for Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Southtown and the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Kristen has won more than a dozen local and national awards for her work. Her stories have sparked policy changes and spurred investigations.
Kristen is a former longtime board member of the Chicago Headline Club and helps organize the club’s annual FOIAFest about public information and transparency. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and is a proud Daily Illini alumna.
Stories by Kristen Schorsch
The county’s emergency management chief said the region faced “an exceptional year” for disasters – from thousands of migrants arriving to record storms.
Homeowners in the north and northwest suburbs will get hit particularly hard. Schools, which rely heavily on property taxes, are largely the reason.
Black women continue to be disproportionately affected and more pregnant people who die are losing their lives months after giving birth.
Flush with money from a tax increase, the Forest Preserves’ budget includes plans to restore 400 acres of woodlands and floodplains and add more conservation programs.
The county’s CEO is prioritizing migrant health care and wants to tap reserves to keep some other programs after federal pandemic relief dollars end.
The county was already helping rent the former hotels in Evanston and Oak Park. The plan won approval from a county board committee, though some commissioners want low-income south suburbs prioritized.
Research shows midwives help improve outcomes for both parent and child. But hospitals across the Chicago area are not investing in midwife programs.
Hospital union workers are seeking better pay and more staff. The report details how a patient died after being left alone in the emergency room.
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is launching a hotline to help high-risk patients get abortions at hospitals
Right now there’s a patchwork of coordination. In many cases the Chicago Abortion Fund and doctors race to find appointments by texting and emailing each other.
Volunteers have been organizing to help asylum-seekers in Chicago and many seek donations from the public.