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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 columnist 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

WBEZ Updates

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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Chicago Muslim Community Organizer Gets ‘Genius’ Grant

A Muslim community organizer in Chicago gets a MacArthur ‘genius’ grant.

Every Other Hour

When The Rigid Justice System Gives A Bit

Aaron Taylor's life was almost derailed for having a gun. But his story doesn't end with him sitting in prison.


Chicago Publisher Celebrates 50 Years

Since 1967, Third World Press founder Haki Madhubuti has published hundreds of books and authors.


Whole Foods’ First Year In Englewood Proved To Be A ‘Mixed Year’

The Whole Foods store in Englewood has become a community hub, but some still perceive it by its “Whole Paycheck” reputation.

WBEZ Updates

Obama Foundation Hosts Public Meeting

Architects and the director of the Obama Presidential Center will unveil concepts and designs for the center, to be built in Chicago’s Jackson Park


South Side Struggles To Attract Young Homeowners

The aging population on the South Side leaves its real estate at risk, but strong neighborhood ties could help save it, residents say.

WBEZ Updates

Cardinal Blase Cupich Calls Out Racism, Segregation In Chicago

Speaking at a forum about the future of the city, Cupich said segregation shapes neighborhoods struggling with gun violence.

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ATF Gun Crime Intelligence Center Up And Running

The federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives is bringing together agents and local law enforcement.

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Addiction Recovery Program Alumnae Sing Anthem At Sox Game

The Harmony, Hope and Healing ensemble will sing the national anthem at the White Sox game Monday night.

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Mobile Financial Center Helps Low-income Families

The Center for Economic Progress has a mobile truck going around Chicago this summer.


3 Young People Share Why They’re Organizing Campouts Against Violence

The young adults started a series of summer campouts as a way to use physical presence as an anti-violence statement.

WBEZ Updates

New Center Aims To Help Former Male Inmates Of Cook County Jail

The center will offer former inmates help with mental health and drugs.

WBEZ Updates

CHA Enters Union Agreement With Local Trades Council

Chicago’s public housing agency approved an agreement with Chicago & Cook County Building & Construction Trades Council for up to 5 years.

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Women’s Initiative Launches In Englewood

The Englewood Women’s Initiative is a new pilot program that wants to give 50 women economic security.

WBEZ Updates

Youth Camp Out In Back Of The Yards

Young people are organizing block takeovers to prevent violence.

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City Awards Grants To Small West And South Side Businesses

The city is giving dozens of small South and West Side businesses $5 million to expand or upgrade their spaces as part of the "retail thrive zone." In many neighborhoods, several awardees are located on the same strip — such as 75th Street or West Chicago Avenue. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the whole point is to target areas and not do piecemeal development.

WBEZ Updates

Rep. Kelly Goes After NRA

Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Illinois, gave a speech on the House of Representatives floor attacking the political influence of the National Rifle Association.

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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.

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