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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


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.


Report: Fragmented Transit System Shortchanges Some In Chicago Region

People with disabilities and the elderly struggle to use public transit in the Chicago region, according to a new report.


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.”


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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.


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


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'Candyman' Returns To A Transformed Cabrini-Green

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WBEZ Presents

City On Fire: Chicago Race Riot 1919

Chicago’s "Red Summer" of 1919 comes alive in this unique radio drama. It’s history with a twist. Listen here.


Chicago’s New Planning Chief Known For Big Ideas In His Last Job

Neighborhood planning, bike lanes and repurposing vacant land were among the moves Maurice Cox championed during his time in Detroit.


Pilot Program Gives Cook County Drug Court Graduates A Fresh Start

A new pilot program helps 25 Cook County drug court graduates address a critical need on their paths to recovery: housing.


Report: CHA Doesn’t Provide Adequate Language Services For Seniors

A report cites “numerous barriers” to CHA senior residents getting assistance in their native languages. CHA officials dispute the claims.


Chicago Housing Authority CEO Eugene Jones Resigns

The longest-serving CHA CEO in more than a decade, Eugene Jones steps down abruptly after more than four years on the job.


In 2017, Chicago Area Women Earned 78% Of What Men Made

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Some Concerned About How Obama Center Will Change Jackson Park

But concerns about the project’s proposed roadway and landscape changes don't mean that the center won’t move forward, officials said.

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