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Arionne Nettles

Arionne Nettles

Digital Producer

Arionne Nettles is a digital producer for WBEZ. Before joining the WBEZ digital team, Arionne held editor roles at The Associated Press and Chicago Defender newspaper. She spent seven years gaining experience in supply chain, digital marketing strategy, and freelance reporting before pivoting to journalism full-time.

She is a proud MBA graduate of Florida A&M University and received a second master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. When she’s not running on the lakefront or enjoying a champagne campaign, she’s teaching Chicago-area teens the power of words or volunteering as a mentor.

Recent Stories


High School Artists Can Now Submit Art For MSI’s Black Creativity Exhibit

Instead of waiting for the fall, students can now submit work for consideration in the nation’s longest-running exhibition of black art.


Silver Room And Chosen Few Collaborate On Conversation, Scholarship

Founders of the two popular festivals will share how it all happens while raising money for students at Kenwood Academy High School.

Curious City

How My Grandparents Helped Shape Chicago’s Blues Industry

Like millions of black Southerners during the Great Migration, they sought greater freedom and opportunity. They found it in the blues.


CHA Teen Girls Premiere Short Documentaries

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Chicago State Gets First Check From AKA-HBCU Endowment Fund

CSU’s president will receive the first installment of $50,000 Thursday at AKA headquarters in Chicago.


'The Voice' Is Back: Here’s What Chicago Contestants Sang In Every Season So Far

The Billboard Hot 100 remains hot, the ’90s are not, and the Chicago area has more than one (or two) “Beliebers.”


Chicago Artists Explore The Impact Of Mass Incarceration

Illinois Humanities commissioned seven artists to work in the neighborhoods it says are most affected by mass incarceration.


James Baldwin-Inspired Opera Comes To Chicago Symphony Orchestra

To celebrate Black History Month, the symphony’s African American Network brings “The Baldwin Chronicles” by composer Renée Baker.


Ida B. Wells Street Signs Unveiled In Chicago

The former Congress Parkway has officially been changed to Ida B. Wells Drive — a move supporters say is long overdue.


Universal Basic Income Pilot In Chicago Takes Cues From California

A Chicago task force recommends $1,000 monthly payouts for some in lower income areas — an idea Stockton is about to launch.


Chicago Photography Exhibit Shows Beauty In Everyday Black Life

The exhibit is artist Cecil McDonald Jr.’s statement about showing more than black exceptionalism and black misery in photography.


Black Creativity At The Intersection Of Art, Culture, And Science

The annual Museum of Science and Industry program celebrates black art while intertwining the science it’s best known for.


7 Things To Do MLK Weekend In Chicago

From volunteer opportunities, to basketball, to movies, Chicago is buzzing with ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


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The annual celebration, with an ancient rice-pounding ceremony, shares Japanese tradition with the larger Chicago community.


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A group of friends in Chicago continued a series of Kwanzaa celebrations that offer a modern take on the 50-plus year tradition.


Best Chicago TV And Film Of 2018

New shows like ‘The Chi’ made their mark, while Dick Wolf’s ‘Chicago’ franchise continued its ratings reign.


MSI Travels ‘To The Moon And Back Again’ With Apollo 8 Celebration

Fifty years later, the Museum of Science and Industry has recreated what it felt like to watch the Apollo 8’s 1968 journey through space.


McCormick House At Elmhurst Art Museum Gets Interior Redesign

An exhibition at Elmhurst Art Museums lets you imagine life in a 1950s Mies van der Rohe-designed house.

Morning Shift

How Your Future Holiday Shopping Packages Might Arrive

It’s a little too soon to think a robot will deliver your next Cyber Monday TV, but new delivery technology isn’t that far away.

Morning Shift

ER Doctors To The NRA: Gun Violence ‘Is Our Lane’

The day after a gunman killed three victims at Mercy Hospital, ER doctors reflect on the role they play in addressing gun violence.

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