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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

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Art Exhibit Delves Into Chicago Police Brutality

An art exhibit that looks at 100 years of police brutality in Chicago.

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Young Activists Of Color Say Chicago Police Reform Efforts Fall Short

A year after the DOJ said Chicago police victimize young people of color, activists have joined to push their own solutions.

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Some Jackson Park Lovers Still Critique Obama Presidential Center Plan

Some are not satisfied after the Obama Foundation submitted its application to the city for its presidential center in Jackson Park.

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Obama Foundation Submits Formal Plans To City For Presidential Center Construction

Today the Obama Foundation submitted its formal plans to the city of Chicago for construction of the Obama Presidential Center

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Obama Foundation Announces Construction Team For Presidential Center

The foundation behind the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park has picked a team to manage construction.

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Chicago Murder Rate Drops, But Not In All Neighborhoods

In 2017, Chicago Police reported a 15 percent decrease in murders — though there were still more than 650 killings throughout the city.

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Chicago Urban League CEO Blames ‘Failure’ Of City Schools For Gun Violence

“It’s really important to connect the failure of our school system to the violence that we’re seeing,” says CEO Shari Runner.

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Chicago Urban League Marks A Year Into Its Decade-long Plan

The Chicago Urban League's Blueprint for a More Equitable Chicago aims to dismantle structural racism in a segregated city. WBEZ’s Natalie Moore checks in on the plan’s priorities and progress.

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Landmark ‘Most People Don’t Know About’

The green and yellow house in the West Pullman neighborhood is a little-known example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early work.

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University Of Chicago Medicine Unveils New ER

The University of Chicago Hospital is one step closer to becoming an adult trauma center.

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Feds Must Review Proposed Changes To Jackson Park

The federal government must review any changes to Chicago’s Jackson Park that might come with the building of the Obama Presidential Center.

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71st Street Uses Small Business Saturday To Take On Economic Disinvestment

Chicago’s South Shore community is using small business Saturday to highlight redevelopment efforts on one of its busy commercial corridors.

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CHA Approves New Apartments In Rental Program

The Chicago Housing Authority board approved hundreds of new apartments throughout the city on Tuesday.

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CCLBA Authority Cuts Ribbon On 200th Home

Cook County Land Bank Authority cuts ribbon on its 200th rehabbed property.

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Northwest Side Homeowners Can’t Make Use Of $9M Of Their Money

A fund that started growing in the 1980s could be helping owners make home improvements.

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South Side Community Arts Center Now A National Treasure

The South Side Community Arts Center located in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood is now considered a National Treasure.

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What One Chicago Activist Is Taking Away From The Obama Summit

We spoke with one young activist who attended the Obama Summit about what’s been on his mind over the past two days.

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Michelle Obama Dazzles Crowd At Obama Summit

Former First Lady Michelle Obama spoke at Day Two of the Obama Foundation Summit.

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University Of Chicago Launches Grant To Help Lessen Racial Wealth Gap

Research shows the earning gap between black and white men is the same as it was 60 years ago.

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National Black Lives Matter Founder Alicia Garza Visits Chicago

One of the national founders of Black Lives Matter spoke about the importance of organizing during a visit to Chicago.

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