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Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore

South Side Reporter

Natalie Moore is WBEZ's South Side Reporter where she covers segregation and inequality.

Her enterprise reporting has tackled race, housing, economic development, food injustice and violence. Natalie’s work has been broadcast on the BBC, Marketplace and NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Natalie is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016. She is also co-author of The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang and Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation.  

Natalie writes a monthly column for the Chicago Sun-Times. Her work has been published in Essence, Ebony, the Chicago Reporter, Bitch, In These Times, the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian. She is the 2017 recipient of Chicago Library Foundation’s 21st Century Award. In 2010, she received the Studs Terkel Community Media Award for reporting on Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. In 2009, she was a 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. Natalie has won several journalism awards, including a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. Other honors are from the Radio Television Digital News Association (Edward R. Murrow), Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, National Association of Black Journalists, Illinois Associated Press and Chicago Headline Club. The Chicago Reader named her best journalist in 2017.

Prior to joining WBEZ staff in 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 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. She has taught at Columbia College and Medill. Natalie and her husband Rodney live in Hyde Park with their four daughters.

Recent Stories


Stateville Prison Holds First Graduation Ceremony In Years

Seven inmates received bachelor’s degrees from Northeastern Illinois University through a free program at the southwest suburban prison.


Chicago Renters Facing Eviction Often Do It Alone

Landlords are seven times more likely than renters to have an attorney in court. Chicago's black communities are home to most cases.


Groups To Offer Ways UChicago Can Strengthen South Side Economy

The University of Chicago is undertaking a new initiative to strengthen community development around employment, contracting and housing.


The Widening Racial Gap In Section 8 Vouchers

Since 2009, in Chicago, Section 8 vouchers increased by 24 percent in black communities and declined by 25 percent in white areas.


May Day Demonstrators Rally In Chicago For Fair Pay, Equal Treatment

Demonstrators rallied against deportations of undocumented immigrants in Chicago and the layoffs of black workers at a West Side bakery.


Outside-The-Box Ideas Chicagoans Have For Mayor-Elect Lightfoot

Hundreds of Chicagoans submitted their ideas for improving the city to Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot. Some are traditional. Some are unique.


CHA Work Requirement Doesn’t Lift Residents Out Of Poverty

Residents are largely compliant with a requirement that they hold jobs, but a study shows they aren’t moving out of poverty.


Deerfield Residents Gather To Resolve A History Of Resisting Integration

Residents acknowledged a past of resisting integration and affirmed their current commitment to fair housing.


U Of C Medicine Gets Millions To Support Children In Trauma

A $9.1 million grant will help connect children suffering from trauma and their families to mental health, child care and other services.


A Record Number Of Black Women Are Becoming Mayor

Just five years ago, there was only one black woman leading any of the nation’s top 100 cities.


Elections That Could Impact Obama Center: Taylor Wins, Hairston Leads

In the 5th Ward, Ald. Leslie Hairston faces William Calloway. In the 20th, Jeanette Taylor will replace Ald. Willie Cochran.


From Mayor To Movements: Black Women In Chicago Are In Command

A black woman will soon command City Hall, joining a growing list of black women leading social movements and political organizing.


Art Exhibit Honors Victims Of Chicago Police Torture

A South Side gallery showcases works highlighting the resilience of black and brown men who were tortured into making false confessions.


Program Created By Racial Panic Shifts To Help Pay For Home Repairs

A controversial tax program started to prevent white flight on Chicago’s Northwest Side more than 30 years ago is shifting its mission.


Study: New South Side Trauma Center Closing Racial Gap

Racial disparities in trauma care access have declined sevenfold since the University of Chicago opened an adult trauma center last year.


Chicago’s Woodlawn Neighborhood Gets New Jewel-Osco

The first full-service grocery store in more than 40 years serving the South Side neighborhood is now open.


Group Fights Gentrification On Chicago’s Northwest Side

Latino families displaced from Logan Square and Pilsen are now calling the Northwest Side home, but housing prices are rising there, too.

WBEZ Blogs

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Chicago advocates want to lift the Illinois ban on rent control, which a new report hails as a solution to the affordable housing crisis.

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