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Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore

Reporter, Race, Class and Communities

Natalie Moore 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


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Officials say there’s an uptick in human trafficking in cities hosting major sports events. Chicago hosts NBA All-Star weekend in two weeks.


Nonprofit Lender Offers Alternatives To Predatory Loans In Illinois

Capital Good Fund offering loans in Illinois with more reasonable terms as an alternative to payday loans and other high-interest options.


Report Links Chicago’s Black Population Loss To Rising Inequality

A new report busts some myths and offers nuances about Chicago’s declining black population and its correlation to racial inequality.


Bank Commits $20 Million For Under-Resourced Chicago Neighborhoods

Fifth Third Bank is using the federal Opportunity Zones program to invest $20 million in Chicago neighborhoods starving for private dollars.


Burge Torture Survivors Seek Support For Counseling, Public Memorial

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The CHA Updates Its Cannabis Policy To Protect Residents From Eviction

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Group Charges Orland Park Landlord With Housing Discrimination

A federal court complaint alleges that an Orland Park landlord treated black prospective tenants differently than white applicants.


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Project S.O.A.R. Helps CHA Youth Reach New Heights

Project S.O.A.R. provides CHA youth, ages 14 to 20, with one-on-one coaching to support their college and career plans after high school.


Chicago’s New Planning Chief Has Fresh Eyes For INVEST South/West

Chicago’s South and West sides hold potential, said planning chief Maurice Cox. “I didn't see what was lacking. I saw what was there.”


Mayor Lightfoot Seeks Discretion For CHA Residents Using Pot

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot notified CHA that federal law gives it “latitude and discretion” when residents are found with marijuana.

Curious City

City On Fire: Chicago Race Riot 1919

Chicago’s "Red Summer" of 1919 comes alive in this radio drama from WBEZ's Natalie Moore. It’s history with a twist.


New Task Force Seeks More Inclusionary Housing In Chicago

The Chicago Department of Housing has selected a diverse group of 20 people to strengthen the city’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance.


Chicago Urban Farmers Cry Foul About Proposed Ordinance

A Chicago alderman says his proposal would help urban agriculture grow, but critics call the plan reactionary, arbitrary and unnecessary.


Obama Preaches Patience And Focus To Young Organizers At Annual Summit

“There was this long process for me of aligning what I said I believed in with my behavior,” Barack Obama told nearly 400 attendees.


Chicago Is Losing Manufacturing Jobs — Even In Areas Zoned To Protect Them

For decades, Chicago has used zoning to protect manufacturing jobs. But it won't reverse decades of deindustrialization on its own.

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