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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.

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