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Michael Lansu

Michael Lansu

Editor, Digital Enterprise

Michael joined WBEZ in 2016 as a digital editor. He is responsible for the content on WBEZ’s digital platforms and works with local reporters to refine stories for web.

Prior to joining WBEZ, Michael worked for Tribune Publishing, the Chicago Sun-Times and was editor of Homicide Watch Chicago. He has also written for The Guardian U.S., Reuters, DNAinfo Chicago and Red Eye. He has been a contributor on CNN and Fox News.

Michael was born and raised on Chicago’s Northwest Side and currently lives the West Town neighborhood. He only eats Chicago hot dogs, dislikes the New York slice and puts giardiniera on everything. He has no opinion on the dibs system.

Recent Stories

The Rundown: WBEZ's Daily Newsletter

Newsletter: Army officer slammed in impeachment inquiry

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman said Trump’s call was “inappropriate” and “improper.” That story and more are in today’s Rundown newsletter.

The Rundown: WBEZ's Daily Newsletter

Newsletter: The Teachers Strike Is Over, Classes Resume Friday

The Chicago teachers strike is finally over. That story and more are in today’s Rundown.

The Rundown: WBEZ's Daily Newsletter

Newsletter: Trump Asked Ukraine For ‘A Favor’

Trump wanted information that could lead to a corruption investigation into political rival Joe Biden.


Lightfoot Outlines Her Plan For Chicago's 'Staggeringly Large' Budget Gap

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city will have a $838 million shortfall next year. “We have some hard choices to make," she said.


Van Dyke Sentenced To 81 Months In Prison For The Murder Of Laquan McDonald

The former officer was sentenced to nearly seven years for the 2014 death of a black teenager.


Chicago Cops Not Guilty In Cover-Up Of Laquan McDonald Shooting

The judge ruled prosecutors failed to prove the three former cops conspired to cover up the shooting by convicted Officer Jason Van Dyke.

16 Shots

Ep 3: The Fallout

Protesters take to the streets. Critics attack the mayor and police department. A federal probe finds a pattern of abuse by Chicago cops.

16 Shots

Ep 2: Pattern & Practice

The fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald aggravated longstanding tensions between Chicago police and the city’s black residents. We look at how a troubled police department spun a narrative of the shooting, how that narrative fell apart, and how the city reacted when it did.


Suit: Chicago Should Refund Drivers Hit With Expensive Tickets

The suit claims tickets and fines over $250 should not go through the city’s administrative hearing process.


Chicago’s Murder-Clearance Rate Falls to Historic Low

Amid a surge in gun violence, the city’s cops last year solved fewer than one in five killings — the lowest rate in at least a half century.


Justice Report Adds Pressure On Police Union Contract

Aldermen call for changes to the contract that federal investigators blamed for hampering police misconduct investigations.


A Former Gang Member, A Gay Bar, And Trump: A Look At Honorary Street Signs

Almost 100 signs have been proposed in the Chicago City Council this year so far.

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