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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


Lawsuit Opposing The Obama Presidential Center Moves Forward

A federal judge has denied a motion from Chicago officials to dismiss the lawsuit filed by the Protect Our Parks group.


Lincoln Yards Developers Reveal Plans For Diversity In Contracts

If the proposed development is approved, Lincoln Yards could yield more than $1.5 billion in contracts for minority- and women-owned firms.


Chicago Mayoral Candidates Answer Racial Equity Questions

More money for schools and more mental health clinics rank among the most popular ideas to promote racial equity.

WBEZ Blogs

Parting Ways With Target As The Company Says Goodbye To Black Chicago

Target’s departure from two black communities long-starved for economic development could have long-lasting impact.


Volunteers Brave The Cold To Warn Young Girls About Sex Traffickers

In sub-zero weather, 75 people marched through Chicago’s Roseland neighborhood offering counsel and information to young girls.


What Can Chicago Do About The Racist Effects Of Segregation?

In Seattle, Austin, and Baltimore, politicians and policymakers look at a decision’s racial impact before spending public dollars.


Civil Rights Group Finds Housing Discrimination In Chicago

A new report documents how African-Americans and low-income renters continue to face barriers in Chicago’s rental market.

Morning Shift

New Book Presents The History of Making Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter started in 2012 after Florida so-called neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman shot and killed black teen Trayvon Martin. What started as a hashtag on social media quickly transformed into a nationwide movement of marches, rallies and political action. BLM seeks to end police violence, promote racial justice and creatively drive systemic change. Here in Chicago, additional groups fighting for the same principles sprouted in recent years as well, including the Black Youth Project 100, Assata’s Daughters, and Let Us Breathe Collective.Morning Shift explores the Black Lives Matter movement, the work of local organizations, and how all of it connects to the Civil Rights era and other pushes for equality for marginalized groups in the United States. 

Morning Shift

'Looking For Lorraine' Explores The Life Of The Author Of 'A Raisin In The Sun'

In her book 'Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry," author Imani Perry provides an intimate portrait of the Chicago-born playwright—her influences, her beliefs, and her battle.


Activist Ja’Mal Green Drops Out Of Chicago Mayor’s Race

Citing legal challenges to his paperwork to get on the ballot, Green dropped out on Monday but pledged to keep fighting.


The Test Used To Expose Housing Discrimination And Its Chicago Roots

The test: Send two people to the same landlord to see if they're treated differently. It's a practice dating back to MLK's time in Chicago.


Chicago Has A Plan To Build Near CTA Trains. But Who Does It Help?

A policy meant to attract investment is raising concerns about displacement in some communities and disinvestment in others.


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.

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