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Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore

South Side Reporter

Natalie is WBEZ's South Side Reporter.  

Prior to joining the WBEZ staff in May 2007, Natalie was a city hall reporter for the Detroit News. She has also been an education reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a reporter for the Associated Press in Jerusalem.

Natalie’s work has been published in Essence, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reporter, Bitch, In These Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. Natalie is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation (March 2016, St. Martin’s Press) She is co-author of the book Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation. (Cleis Press, 2006). She is also co-author of The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang. (Feb. 2011, Lawrence Hill Press).

Natalie has an M.S.J. in Newspaper Management from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in Journalism from Howard University. Natalie is a 2009 fellow at Columbia College’s Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, which allowed her to take a reporting trip to Libya. She's also a 2010 recipient of the Studs Terkel Community Media Award. She has won several journalism awards, including a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. She is a member of the Windy City Chapter of The Links, Inc.

Recent Stories


Why The CHA Failed To Meet Its Mixed-Income Ambitions

After 17 years, less than 8 percent of CHA residents are living in the mixed-income housing laid out in the "Plan for Transformation."

WBEZ Blogs

How Some CHA Properties Fared Under The 'Plan For Transformation'

A handful of CHA properties to show us how some have -- or have not -- been developed since the Plan for Transformation was announced.


Woodlawn Activists Upset With Obama Library Planning

Grassroots activists from Chicago’s Woodlawn area say their voices are not being heard in the development of the Obama Presidential Center.


Durbin: Trump Should Fund Chicago Youth Programs

Senator Dick Durbin said President Donald Trump should fund youth programs if he is serious about stopping violence in Chicago.


Renovated Apartments, Same Crime And Disinvestment

At Parkway Gardens, recent renovations haven’t stopped nearby crime, and economic development hasn’t descended on the area.


Weekend Funerals For Young Victims Of Chicago Violence

This weekend, funerals will be held for 12-year-old Kanari Gentry-Bowers, 2-year-old Lavontay White Jr. and 11-year-old Takiya Holmes.

WBEZ Presents

Black Homeownership: The Promise and The Pitfalls

Buying a home is part of the American dream, but African-Americans face extra risks, as WBEZ's Natalie Moore learned firsthand.


CHA Approves Mixed-Use Development In Rogers Park

The Chicago Housing Authority approved a residential and commercial development in Rogers Park on Tuesday.


CHA Pilots Section 8 Program To Incentivize Landlords

They would receive a one-time financially incentive to rent to people with a housing voucher if the unit is in an opportunity area.


Chronic Youth Unemployment Hurts Chicago

Sen. Dick Durbin is expected to attend a hearing on youth joblessness at the Chicago Urban League on Monday.


Chicagoans 'Mobilize For Democracy' With Writing, Rallies and Protests

Political protests could reach new heights under a Trump presidency thanks in part to the rise of social media and groups like Black Lives Matter.


University Of Chicago Hospital Names Trauma Center Director

University of Chicago Medicine names trauma director


New Details Emerge In Lawsuit Against Chicago Cop

A black man claims a white cop called him and his family "animals." His updated lawsuit claims the cop has a history of complaints.


No Welcome Home For All Former Harold Ickes Residents

After years of delays, the Harold Ickes homes will be remade -- with fewer public housing apartments.


Dispute Over Lathrop Homes Heads To Court

A group of lawyers is taking the Chicago Housing Authority to court over a redevelopment project on the North Side.


Chicago Housing Authority Wants Time Limits For Voucher

The CHA is asking the federal government if it can set time limits for residents living on section 8 vouchers.


Rhodes Scholar Wants to Right Wrongs of Award Namesake

Olivia Klevorn's experience of growing up in segregated Chicago fuels her studies into fair housing.


Chicago Non-Profits Figure Out The World Post-Trump

Several Chicago-area nonprofits and foundations are gathering to reflect on racism and bigotry in the wake of the presidential election.


Can America Learn From Chicagoans’ Post-Election Resolve?

In anticipation of Donald Trump's presidency, Chicago activists are strategizing efforts to thwart potential acts of racism and bigotry.


Northwestern Law Students Volunteer At Polls

Northwestern University’s law school canceled classes Tuesday to give students and faculty time to vote and volunteer. One poll watcher visited sites on the South Side. He said there were some minor glitches that were quickly fixed. The volunteers are with the nonpartisan group Election Protection.

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