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Adriana Cardona-Maguigad

Adriana Cardona-Maguigad

Education Reporter

Adriana Cardona-Maguigad covers Chicago schools, the classrooms and youth culture.  

Adriana’s career in journalism began in Back of the Yards, a mostly immigrant neighborhood located in the Southwest Side of Chicago. There, she co-founded and led a bilingual community news publication— a newspaper that shaped her love for journalism.

Adriana is a former 2012 WBEZ Pritzker fellow and was part of the inaugural class of Northwestern University’s Social Justice News Nexus fellowship program.

She worked on a 2015 award-winning audio documentary for WBEZ and NPR’s This American Life about unregulated drug rehab centers in Chicago drawing people from Puerto Rico. Her investigation was recognized with a Sigma Delta Chi Award with the Society of Professional Journalists, a 2016 National Edward R. Murrow Award and three Peter Lisagor Awards.

Prior to joining WBEZ’s education team, Adriana worked at Univision Chicago as an investigative reporter and producer. She was honored with two Chicago/ Midwest Emmy Awards during her time there.

Adriana graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa where she earned a B.A. in International Studies. She is originally from Medellin-Colombia and has been a Chicago resident since 2005.

Recent Stories

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Chicago Charters Risk Budget Cuts Without A Fix In Springfield

Chicago charter leaders say Illinois’ school funding law boosts their budgets. CPS disagrees. Absent a compromise, CPS pledges midyear cuts.

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Learning In Two Languages

Acero Schools, founded by the politically powerful UNO group, is now focusing on proficiency in both English and Spanish.

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Young Women Detail Sexual Abuse In Chicago Schools

Two young women described experiences with sexual abuse by Chicago school staff to outraged state lawmakers at a hearing on Wednesday.

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Far South Side Grade School Says Goodbye To Its Sister Jean

After 31 years, Sister Jean McGrath is retiring as principal of St. John Fisher School in West Beverly.

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Madres En Chicago Patrullan Las Calles Para Mantener A Sus Hijos Seguros

Padres en Chicago prefieren que sus hijos caminen solos a la escuela, pero muchos dicen que es peligroso. En ciertas áreas de la ciudad algunas madres están patrullando las calles para proteger a sus hijos.

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Chicago Moms Patrol To Keep Their Kids Safe

Walking to school is a rite of passage, but many parents say it’s too risky. In some areas, moms are patrolling to protect kids.

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Downtown Expedition Helps Teens Make Chicago Their Own

A group of Northwest Side teens call this city home yet rarely leave their community. WBEZ went along as they explored a new Chicago.

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Immigrants Shine In New CPS Varsity Sport

When flyers announced a new sport this winter at a Southwest Side Chicago public school, a small group of students rushed to sign up.

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Puerto Rico's Expat Addicts

Puerto Rican officials send drug addicts to Chicago with the promise of housing and treatment. Upon arrival, the reality is very different.

Curious City

Working For Change On Chicago’s Sidewalks

Curious City tracks down the average wages of panhandlers and street performers in Chicago.

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Violence in the streets can start in the home

Chicago experts say children who witness or experience domestic violence are more likely to join gangs.

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Wrecking ball delayed at St. James Church

The Archdiocese of Chicago says it no longer has a demo date set for St. James Catholic Church.

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In Bronzeville, bell tolls for St. James

Workers are saying good-bye to the bells at St. James Church in Chicago.

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Senate bill on immigration could be released next week

Legislators say a senate proposal on immigration is underway and could be ready next week. 

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Producers boost Chicago filming

Film officials say increased production days lead to more revenue for the city and local crews.  

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IL officials question CTA's Ventra

Members of the Illinois House Mass Transit Committee called a public hearing Monday to hear public concerns about additional fees associated with the card, which will be introduced this summer.

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Chicagoans react to new pope

Conclave's decision surprises some, delights others.

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Aldermen start reform coalition

Several Chicago aldermen have officially formed the so-called Progressive Reform Coalition to focus on issues including government accountability, economic growth and public safety.

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CPS will teach more black history

Chicago Public Schools will teach African-American history classes year-round and system-wide beginning this fall.

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Downstate reps. introduce fracking bill

Illinois could soon start allowing fracking, a controversial procedure that uses water and chemicals to extract natural gas and oil from the earth.

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