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Lauren Chooljian

Lauren Chooljian

City Politics Reporter

Lauren is WBEZ's city politics reporter.

She started at WBEZ as an intern in 2011 and has since covered a variety of topics, including the 2015 Chicago mayoral election and runoff, the economics of ice cream trucks, Cook County and Chicago budgets, aldermanic boxing tournaments and everything in between.

Lauren is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Her reporting has earned her awards from the AP and a regional Murrow Award. In 2014, her voice was featured on a best-of list in the Chicago Tribune culture section for its “unpretentious, Peppermint Patty scratchiness” which her family especially appreciated.

Lauren holds a Master of Science in Journalism from Medill and graduated with an Honors B.A from Saint Anselm College where she majored in History. Her work has been featured The Washington Post, NPR, Marketplace and Jezebel, among others.

She is a proud New Hampshire native, but these days you’ll find her in Logan Square.

Recent Stories

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Emanuel's City Clerk Nominee Passes First Committe Vote

Most of the questions Anna Valencia got from aldermen were not actually questions, but compliments.

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J.B. Pritzker Contemplating Run For Illinois Governor

Pritzker, whose family owns the Hyatt hotel chain, said he’s a few months away from deciding if he’ll be on the ballot.

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Potential 2018 Gubernatorial Candidates Make Rounds At MLK Breakfast

Potential candidates for governor on both sides of the ticket were looking to shake a few voters’ hands while they celebrated King’s legacy.

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Obama Revisited: University of Chicago 2016

President Obama visited University of Chicago last April to speak with students and faculty about his nominee for the Supreme Court.

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Obama Revisited: King College Prep 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to King College Prep graduates two years after classmate Hadiya Pendleton was murdered.

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Photos: Obama Says Farewell In Chicago

President Barack Obama told an excited crowd at McCormick Place that "it's great to be home."

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115th US Congress Begins With Two New Illinois Democrats

Brad Schneider is one, though it's not his first time serving the 10th district. The other is Raja Krishnamoorthi, serving the 8th district.

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Chicago Delays Tax On Checkout Bags

Chicago shoppers will have an extra month before facing a new tax on so called “checkout bags.”

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He Came For The Cubs, Left With An Indictment

Facing federal charges is one thing. Having the news break while you’re a few feet away from the mayor and scores of reporters is another.

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Chicago Ald. Willie Cochran Indicted On Federal Charges

Chicago Ald. Willie Cochran, 20th Ward, has been indicted Wednesday on federal criminal charges, according to court documents.

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Relaxed Ban On Flavored Tobacco Passes Early Taste Test With Aldermen

The City Council's Finance Committee approved changes that could allow the selling of flavored tobacco near some schools.

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Committee Of Aldermen To Sign Off On Multi-Million Dollar Settlements

Two of the lawsuits are police-involved shooting cases.

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Emanuel Says Talk With Trump Was ‘Frank’

Emanuel met privately with Donald Trump, Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus and talked about federal protections for undocumented youth.

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Mayor Emanuel And President-elect Trump To Meet

A mayoral spokesman says Emanuel is in New York for a series of meetings, and will sit down with Trump at 9 A.M this morning.

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McDonald's Breaks Ground On Former HARPO Studio Campus

The CEO of McDonalds says Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood is going to help modernize the international hamburger chain

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Emanuel, Trump Discussed Sanctuary Cities

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he received a call from President-elect Donald Trump and the two talked about the White House and sanctuary cities.

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Rauner Vetoes $215M Pension Payment For Cash-Strapped CPS

Senate President John Cullerton said Rauner "has potentially forced the layoff of thousands of Chicago teachers and district employees."

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City Council Approves New TIF Districts On North Side

Chicago City Council is signing off on a new special taxing district to revamp the Red and Purple Lines on the North Side.

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City, Police Officer Sued in Controversial Shooting of Teen

The sergeant who shot 19-year-old Kajuan Raye was also involved in a fatal shooting in 2013.

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City Council Approves Budget With Almost No Debate

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2017 budget plan calls for more police officers, additional youth mentoring programs and a tax on plastic bags.

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