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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


Obama Gives Pep Talk To Next Generation Of Community Organizers

Barack Obama closed his second annual summit with a rallying call for young community organizers to change a world that is slow to adapt.

Morning Shift

Michelle Obama Talks About ‘Becoming’ Who She Is Today

WBEZ’s Natalie Moore talked with Michelle Obama about growing up in South Shore, BBQs & thriving in places she once felt she didn't belong.


Michelle Obama Shares Her Chicago Lessons

How a legacy of race, segregation and inequality on Chicago’s South Side was part of the first African-American First Lady’s foundation.


What San Francisco's Reform Of Fees And Fines Can Teach Chicago

San Francisco recently began to assess and reform how fines and fees impact its poorest residents. Could Chicago do the same?


Obama Presidential Center Clears Last City Hurdle, Others Remain

After winning city council approval Wednesday, the center still faces a federal review, a legal challenge, and displacement concerns.

Morning Shift

City Council Set To Vote On Obama Presidential Center Agreement

Some see the Obama Presidential Center  as a center of hope, a monument to a president who was both transformative and pioneering. Others see it as a possible encroachment in the community of Woodlawn, bringing with it swift displacement of the existing residents and serving as a “bully pulpit” for Democratic politics. Morning Shift checks in with Natalie Moore, WBEZ South Side Bureau reporter for the latest developments with the Center.

WBEZ Blogs

Unreasonable Fear Blocks Our View of Black Humanity

Chicago braced for violence in communities of color following a guilty verdict in the Van Dyke murder trial. But those groups got to work.


Burge’s Legacy Of Police Torture To Last Long After His Death

Some say the death of former Chicago Police Cmmdr. Burge will surely spur a range of emotions, but not closure.


Percentage Without Health Insurance Grows In Metro Chicago And Illinois

New census data also shows that the Chicago region is getting older and more diverse.


Disability, Not Race, Leads Housing Discrimination Complaints In Chicago

Advocates say disability discrimination is easier to identify and prove than racial discrimination.


‘South Side’ Workplace Sitcom Shows Breadth Of Blackness

A Chicagoan creates a new comedy show to reflect the fun and joy of the South Side as well as its socioeconomic and political challenges.


From Don't To Do: A New Take On Black Chicago's Block Club Sign Tradition

Some of Chicago's hand-painted block club signs are getting an upgrade — in art and in messaging.


Car Title Loans Trap Low-Income Families In Debt

How high can interest run on Illinois car title loans? 360 percent.


Proposal Would Move Some Public Housing Families Throughout Chicago

Could increasing CHA voucher amounts help integrate the city? A local research and policy group thinks so.


Parkland Survivors Join Chicago Peace March

For the first stop on a #MarchForOurLives tour, Florida teens joined forces Friday with local youth and celebrities at St. Sabina Church.


Race Still An Undercurrent Around Obama Center In Jackson Park

Some South Siders see racial divisions in conversations around the future of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park.


Local Group: Do This For A More Equitable Chicago

The nonprofit Metropolitan Planning Council has recommendations to make the Chicago area more prosperous and integrated.


How Will Chicago Use Its Land Near The Obama Presidential Center?

A WBEZ analysis of 2,430 properties found that the city and its sister agencies own the most property in East Woodlawn.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Chicago's South Side Gets An Adult Trauma Center

The University of Chicago's hospital will reopen the center on May 1. The move comes after years of pressure from young black activists.


Confederate Descendants, Protesters Descend On Cemetery

The Sons of Confederate Veterans held its annual memorial on the South Side Sunday. Also there were a group called Smash White Supremacy.

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