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Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore

South Side Reporter

Natalie is WBEZ's South Side Reporter.  

Prior to joining the WBEZ staff in May 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’s work has been published in Essence, Black Enterprise, the Chicago Reporter, Bitch, In These Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. Natalie is the author of The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation (March 2016, St. Martin’s Press) She is co-author of the book Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation. (Cleis Press, 2006). She is also co-author of The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang. (Feb. 2011, Lawrence Hill Press).

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. Natalie is a 2009 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. She's also a 2010 recipient of the Studs Terkel Community Media Award. She has won several journalism awards, including a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. She is a member of the Windy City Chapter of The Links, Inc.

Recent Stories

WBEZ Updates

Shared Kitchen For Immigrant Street Vendors Opens

Local Mexican immigrants open shared commercial kitchen space.


Would Changing Zoning Rules Bring New Business To 71st Street?

Ald. Leslie Hairston wants to try a controversial zoning move to bring in more upscale business, but residents are skeptical.

WBEZ Updates

Report: Housing Voucher Holders Face Geographic Barriers

A new report expected for release Tuesday describes discrimination faced by low-income families when they use subsidized housing vouchers.

WBEZ Updates

New University Of Chicago Medicine Institute To Focus On Wellness

UChicago Medicine researchers want to focus on wellness, not just disease

WBEZ Updates

Advocates Push City To Invest In 'Good Food' Contracts

Chicago looks to improve food procurement in city agencies


For South Side, Obama Center Presents Change Not Everyone Believes In

Some residents worry the presidential center will lead to higher rents, and they want legal promises from the Obama Foundation.

WBEZ Updates

Obamas Donate $2 Million To Chicago Youth Jobs Programs

Barack Obama says this is the former first couple’s way of responding to violence in Chicago.

WBEZ Updates

The Obamas Return To The South Side

Barack and Michelle Obama will talk about their vision for the Obama Presidential Center that will be built in Jackson Park.

WBEZ Updates

UIC Planning To Promote Green Economic Strategies

UIC planning to promote green economic strategies

Every Other Hour

Barely A Trace

When Chicago cops find a gun at a crime scene, they ask the feds where it came from. How much can the ATF really help?

WBEZ Updates

Bureau Of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms And Explosives To Revamp Chicago Branch

In the coming months, the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives will open a revamped gun intelligence center. WBEZ’s Natalie Moore reports.


New Head Of ATF In Chicago: ‘It’s A Completely Different City’

Celinez Nunez grew up in Chicago and says the murder of her 19-year-old cousin motivated her to pursue a career in law enforcement.


Chicago’s Inspector General Makes Affordable Housing Recommendations

The IG says the city should have a defined strategy to ensure equitable distribution of affordable housing.


Why The CHA Failed To Meet Its Mixed-Income Ambitions

After 17 years, less than 8 percent of CHA residents are living in the mixed-income housing laid out in the "Plan for Transformation."

WBEZ Blogs

How Some CHA Properties Fared Under The 'Plan For Transformation'

A handful of CHA properties to show us how some have -- or have not -- been developed since the Plan for Transformation was announced.


Woodlawn Activists Upset With Obama Library Planning

Grassroots activists from Chicago’s Woodlawn area say their voices are not being heard in the development of the Obama Presidential Center.


Durbin: Trump Should Fund Chicago Youth Programs

Senator Dick Durbin said President Donald Trump should fund youth programs if he is serious about stopping violence in Chicago.


Renovated Apartments, Same Crime And Disinvestment

At Parkway Gardens, recent renovations haven’t stopped nearby crime, and economic development hasn’t descended on the area.


Weekend Funerals For Young Victims Of Chicago Violence

This weekend, funerals will be held for 12-year-old Kanari Gentry-Bowers, 2-year-old Lavontay White Jr. and 11-year-old Takiya Holmes.

WBEZ Presents

Black Homeownership: The Promise and The Pitfalls

Buying a home is part of the American dream, but African-Americans face extra risks, as WBEZ's Natalie Moore learned firsthand.

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