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Katherine Nagasawa

Katherine Nagasawa

Producer, Curious City

Katherine Nagasawa is the multimedia producer for WBEZ’s Curious City, which means she’s in charge of finding creative and engaging ways to answer questions about Chicago through the web. On any given day, she can be found working with reporters and audience members alike to design an interactive story, pull off a social media campaign, or shoot photo and video out in the city. 

Outside of WBEZ, Katherine’s an independent documentary filmmaker. She produced Beyond the Seal, a web documentary about Fair Trade bananas and the people behind a movement to change the banana industry. Her latest short documentary, Ilse, follows an undocumented high school senior as she attempts to obtain permanent residency. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Real Food Media, and the Chicago Latino Film Festival. 
A Southern California native, Katherine moved to Chicago to earn a degree in journalism and film studies from Northwestern University. She’s proud to call the Second City her second home, and loves biking the Lakefront Trail, trying new foods in different neighborhoods, and listening to live music at the city’s many venues.

Recent Stories

Curious City

Five Food And Drink Legacies Of The 1893 World's Fair

Lots of items in your local grocery aisle claim to have been at the 1893 World's Fair. We piece together these savory origin stories.


The Rink In Chatham Keeps Roller Skating Alive In Chicago

We talked to long-time skaters about what the South Side staple means to them — and what it would mean if it closed.


Meet The Illinois Farmer Growing Asian Pears For Chicago Markets

For more than 30 years, Oriana Kruszewski has cultivated a variety of Asian pears that thrives in Illinois.


Japanese-Americans Say New Immigration Policies A Reminder Of WWII

“It happened to us, it’s happening now!” Chicago Japanese-Americans see echoes of their history in current immigration policies.

Curious City

How Does Chicago Track Its Coyotes?

Chicago is home to an estimated 2,000 coyotes. To learn how they survive, Curious City joined researchers as they tracked down pups.

Curious City

What Happens To The Lincoln Park Zoo Animals In The Winter?

Do the animals go somewhere warm, like Florida? Does the zoo give them coats? We took a behind-the-scene tour of the zoo to find out.

Curious City

Which Dances Were Invented In Chicago?

Don your dancing shoes as we track down the Chicago band members, musicians, and dancers who helped create five iconic moves.

Curious City

What Happened To Chicago’s Japanese Neighborhood?

Lake View once had a thriving Japanese community, but it fell victim to a push for assimilation.

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