Friends of The Chicago Reporter

Celebrating a 50-year legacy of award-winning investigative journalism on race and poverty, Friends of The Chicago Reporter seeks your support to raise the profile of The Chicago Reporter’s work and history.


Along with several special events over the next year, Friends of TCR plans to capture video oral histories of former reporters, editors,  photographers, designers, community leaders and supporters.



TCR founder John A. McDermott, Laura Washington and Studs Terkel


The Reporter has always punched above its weight and built a national reputation as a force for challenging and changing the status quo through the investigative skill, grit and the commitment of scores of editors, alumni, interns and civic leaders who have shaped the Reporter’s  work. It’s high time to celebrate the community that made the Reporter what it is and all it has accomplished.   


 TCR Staff 1979 w co-editors Lillian Calhoun & John McDermott


In early 2021, Friends of The Chicago Reporter hosted the first in a series of events to promote and document the Reporter’s role in exposing racial injustice and dismantling discriminatory policies and laws through investigative reporting. (We also took a walk down memory lane). Our oral history project will highlight the extraordinary work of ordinary Chicagoans who, for decades, have created change. It also will seek to engage young people involved in the post-civil rights struggle for equity in Chicago. 


 Maria Inéz Zamudio, Richard Steele, Kimbriell Kelly


We hope you will join us today with a tax deductible contribution to Friends of The Chicago Reporter!  Have a story to share? Know a person we should interview? Contact us at

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*Note: This documentary project is organized by alumni of The Chicago Reporter. It is not affiliated with the Reporter or the Community Renewal Society.