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Esther Yoon-Ji Kang

Esther Yoon-Ji Kang


Esther Yoon-Ji Kang is a reporter on the Race, Class and Communities desk. Previously, she was the communications manager for the University of Chicago Institute of Politics (IOP). Before her work with the IOP, Esther was an editor at Chicago magazine, where she reported, wrote, edited, photographed, designed and produced award-winning stories for the website and print magazine. Prior to Chicago magazine, she worked as a breaking news producer for, and other Tribune Company news sites. Aside from her work on the Web, Esther has covered the Chicago Public Schools and juvenile court beats and has written for various publications. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the journalism school.

Originally from South Korea (by way of Paraguay and the D.C. area), she lives on the South Side with her husband and daughter.  

Recent Stories


Chicago Population Loss: A Tale Of Two Cities

Chicago’s population declined again in 2018. But some parts of the city are growing while others are losing population rapidly.


Chicago City Council Loses Its Only Asian American Alderman

Ameya Pawar, the first and only Asian American to serve on Chicago’s City Council, leaves office after eight years.


Census Citizenship Question Could Hurt Citizens, Noncitizens Alike

Households with immigrants that don’t participate in the census could include citizens who would also go uncounted.


Study Shows Islamophobia Is Rising In The U.S. Same For Chicago, Some Say

A local Muslim civil rights group says that trend is mirrored in Chicago and its suburbs.


STIs Reach Peak Levels; Poor Areas Most At Risk

Experts cite a lack of federal funding, access to adequate health care and cultural sensitivity for the rising rates and wide disparities.


Cook County Sees Country’s Largest Population Loss

The population of Cook County population dipped below 2010 levels for the first time this decade.


Emanuel Taps Community Leaders To Help With 2020 Census

The committee's goal is to help ensure that people of color, veterans, the homeless and others are counted in the 2020 census.


One Year Out, Census’ Hard-To-Count Areas Worry Officials

A year out from the 2020 census, Cook County officials worry about nearly a third of the county’s residents living in “hard-to-count” areas.


Cook County In Bottom Half Of State Health Rankings

An annual report ranking Illinois counties by their residents’ health shows that Cook County lags behind much of the state.

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