Chicago’s surge in gun violence last year rocked the city and brought a lot of attention from politicians and the national news media, some of it not very nuanced. So this year, WBEZ reporters set out to cover shootings and homicides in a new way with a series of in-depth stories and profiles called Every Other Hour.
It’s called Every Other Hour because that’s about how often there was a shooting in Chicago in 2016.
12 a day.
84 a week.
More than 4,300 over the course of the year.
Who picks up a gun, and why?
That was the big question the series sought to answer. And our reporters tackled it in different ways. Some talked to shooting victims.
Others to law enforcement — and to the shooters themselves.
Morning Shift talks to Natalie Moore, Chip Mitchell and Patrick Smith, three of the WBEZ reporters who were central to the Every Other Hour series.