Previously, she covered health care, government, crime, courts, higher education and news of the weird (think coffin parties) for Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Southtown and the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Kristen has won more than a dozen local and national awards for her work. Her stories have sparked policy changes and spurred investigations.
Kristen is a former longtime board member of the Chicago Headline Club and helps organize the club’s annual FOIAFest about public information and transparency. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and is a proud Daily Illini alumna.
Stories by Kristen Schorsch
WBEZ on Wednesday obtained a copy of an agreement Lightfoot helped negotiate that outlines the new stipulations for Insight Chicago to operate the hospital.
Community organizations say they became true partners with government and big hospitals to fight the pandemic. Now they’re hoping that approach could help solve the city’s long standing health inequities.
A WBEZ analysis shows Protect Chicago Plus improved vaccination rates in some targeted communities, but the impact was uneven. Some worry even those gains will fade.
The city’s rollout did not prioritize the residents, who face language barriers and poor access to health care, so the community opened its own clinics.
The state public health department says the pause comes out of “an abundance of caution” as federal regulators investigate rare cases of people getting blood clots after receiving the shot.
Some of the small, community clinics that serve Chicago neighborhoods hardest-hit by the pandemic are also the ones least equipped to vaccinate them.
While some Chicago ZIP codes got saturated with vaccine shipments, others saw doses trickle in — making it harder for some to find vaccines close to home.
As Illinois expands the vaccine rollout, there’s still a disparity among Black and Latino residents — and a long way to go to herd immunity.
With state regulators’ approval to buy the Near South Side hospital, the new potential owners look to quickly shore up the ailing hospital.