CHICAGO (June 28, 2018) – Today WBEZ 91.5FM, Chicago’s NPR news station, announces that Alden Loury is joining as WBEZ’s Senior Editor of its new Race, Class and Communities desk. Loury is the eighth journalist to join WBEZ’s growing newsroom in 2018, and under his leadership he will expand the desk’s original investigative reporting and insight about issues in the Chicago region’s diverse, multiracial neighborhoods. He will start at WBEZ in late July.
“Alden has covered the issues and questions at the heart of race, class and immigration for nearly two decades as an award-winning investigative reporter,” said Steve Edwards, vice president, chief content officer for WBEZ. “He was our top choice for this important role, as he brings keen editorial judgment, superb data analysis skills, outstanding leadership qualities and a metropolitan perspective that will be vital to this desk.”
Loury comes to WBEZ from the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), where he has served since 2016 as director of research and evaluation. He was a key driver of the MPC’s landmark Cost of Segregation report, a two-year initiative that revealed how segregation costs the Chicagoland area billions of dollars in lost income and lost lives each year.
From 2011 to 2016, Loury served as a senior policy analyst and senior investigator for the Better Government Association. During 12 years at the Chicago Reporter, he documented racial disparities in drug sentencing, jury selection and jury verdicts. He also led projects examining the economic impact of subprime lending, public housing demolition and retail leakage in black neighborhoods. While at the Chicago Reporter, he became editor and publisher, leading the publication to numerous local and national awards, and appeared frequently on local media outlets, including WBEZ.
Loury has received several awards for community service, including the Harold C. Thompson Community Service Award from the Frogs Club of Chicago in 2015 and the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, Community Media Workshop in 2008. He is also a five-time recipient of the Peter S. Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism from the Chicago Headline Club. He has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“The creation of WBEZ’s race, class and communities desk marks an important moment for Chicago and the future of journalism,” said Loury. “As a data journalist who’s spent the last two years looking closely at issues of racial equity and regional growth, I’m looking forward to helping WBEZ tell a cohesive story about the issues facing our region.”
The Race, Class and Communities desk is the newest topic-oriented enterprise desk at WBEZ, in addition to Politics and Government, Education, Criminal Justice, and Curious City, WBEZ’s podcast that answers listener questions about Chicago, the region and its people.
“We are committed to telling stories from the Chicago region’s many diverse voices and communities, so we are very fortunate to be able to expand our reporting and deepen our engagement,” said Edwards.
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