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My latest (and last) for +WBEZ's #CuriousCity : We find some fallout shelters around Chicago! 
There are plenty, but let’s just say they’re not ready for a nuclear apocalypse.
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On this date 100 years ago a Great Lakes tour boat called the Eastland rolled over while docked on the Chicago River near Clark Street, killing 844 people. It was the worst disaster in the city’s history. For Chicago magazine, I interviewed Michael McCarthy, the author of "Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America", for the untold story of the #eastlanddisaster 100 years later.
The writer of Ashes Under Water: The SS Eastland and the Shipwreck That Shook America explains what the disaster means 100 years later.
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I interviewed Ellen van Loon, principal of Rem Koolhaas' firm OMA, about the biggest building in the Netherlands.
(Courtesy OMA) Last September, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat invited me to serve as the special media correspondent for its Shanghai symp
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A rendering of the Red Line Greenway proposal. (Original photo courtesy of Share the River, Rendering by Evan Peterson, LSU Robert Reich School of Landscap
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Zhengzhou Greenland Plaza, a 918-foot-tall SOM tower Leung worked on. (Si-ye Zhang) Last September, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat invited
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Tonight is my LAST show on bass with both +Chaz Hearne &
#ChicagoSemisweet. It's FREE, starts at 9pm at The Store, 2002 N Halsted St.! Hope to see all of google plus there. Gonna be a good one.
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Finally uploaded some photos from vacation last month to #Flickr​. Got over my "2cool2cruise" vibe and loved it. Not pictured: me drowning myself in unlimited gelato and fernet branca.
A cruise aboard the Celebrity Equinox, June 27-July 4, that hit Italy, France and Spain. Departed Civitavecchia (Rome); then stopped in Livorno (Florence); Villefranche (Nice); Ajaccio, Corsica; Palma, Mallorca; and Barcelona.
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Miss this week's #CuriousCity  from +WBEZ? My latest story follows the trash and answers the most common question in our queue: What really happens to all the stuff in Chicago's blue #recycling bins?
The program is no sham, but a good number of recyclables still head to landfills.
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For the #ComerFamilyFoundation  I profiled Dr. Jill Glick, who pioneered the field of child abuse pediatrics, giving a voice to the voiceless.
The children would arrive at the emergency room in the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital with burns, broken bones, or worse. Many would be discharged after treatment only to return with another injury, sometimes too late for doctors to save them.
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My latest for +WBEZ's #CuriousCity : With help from +Jen Masengarb  of the +Chicago Architecture Foundation, we dig up the remarkable story of Edward Paul Brennan. An unsung hero of urban planning, the untrained Brennan devoted decades to rationalizing our city streets. Today Chicago's one of the easiest big cities to navigate, but Brennan's name is largely forgotten.
Unsung urban planning hero Edward Brennan tamed a chaotic 19th-century street-numbering system.
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Tonight! I'm on bass with #ChicagoSemisweet  at +Martyrs'! Awesome Haitian roots band +Kreyol Roots is up first at 8 p.m., then us. We'll warm ya up with some soul on this brisk spring evening. Don't miss it!
8pm - $7 - 21+. Chicago Semisweet - Kreyòl Roots - Racine Kreyòl Super excited to be playing this venue on this bill. Come cut loose with us. We know it's a school night. But we won't keep you out too late and will give you something to hum and tap your foot to the next day at work.
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A rendering of Garfield Boulevard, part of the University of Chicago's proposal for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill,
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  • WBEZ
    reporter, 2013 - present
  • The Architect's Newspaper
    Associate Midwest Editor, 2012 - present
  • Chicagoist
    Staff Writer, 2011 - 2014
  • Kartemquin Films
    Intern, 2012 - 2012
  • Time Out
    Online production intern, 2011 - 2011
  • Clean Energy Trust
    Communications intern, 2011 - 2011
  • UCLA - Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences
    Summer research fellow, lab assistant, 2010
  • Cornell University - Dept. of Biological and Environmental Engineering
    Student researcher, lab assistant, 2009
  • Cornell University - CALS - Alumni Affairs, Development, and Communications
    Communications intern, 2009
  • APG Investments US, Inc.
    Legal intern, 2008
  • New York State Dept. of Enviromental Conservation
    Population monitor, conservation intern, 2007
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Hi! I am a writer and photographer with a masters in journalism from Northwestern University, where I was a 2011-12 ISEN Cluster fellow for energy and sustainability research.

I currently live in Chicago, where I report for WBEZ, Chicago's local public radio station, and serve as Midwest Editor for The Architect's Newspaper. I also freelance for various publications.

I play bass and guitar, and spend my free time homebrewing and exploring Chicago.

You can read more about me on my website.
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  • Northwestern University
    Journalism, 2010 - 2012
  • Cornell University
    Natural Resources, 2006 - 2010
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Are there fallout shelters left in Chicago?
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Among the 1,023 awards announced May 6 is one to Make Music New York to support a one-day festival of free, participatory outdoor concerts.

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(Dream the Combine) In February, a Twin Cities design firm advertised an unusual yard sale of sorts. CityDeskStudio offered to pay $5,000 to

Why apartments are the blind spot in Chicago's recycling program
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Here's why there's no recycling offered at so many large apartment and condo buildings.

Here are the 60 designers exhibiting at the inaugural Chicago Architectu...
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Chicago, photographed by Iwan Baan for the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. More than 60 design firms across four continents will co

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A printed-out Twitter feed on display in the Art institute of Chicago. (Kristen Moreau) Chatter: Architecture Talks Back opened at the Art I

Populous unveils a swooping new arena, downtown entertainment district f...
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Conceptual renderings of the Milwaukee Bucks new arena, and the surrounding entertainment district, were release April 8. (Populous, HNTB, E

On View> Architecture students to fill Museum of Contemporary Art St....
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(Courtesy Washington University) Graduate students at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts of Washington University in St. Louis are b

Sustainable development plan for Northeast Ohio takes top honors in 2015...
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Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium A plan to steer northeast Ohio toward sustainable growth won a top planning award this wee

Unveiled> Columbus, Ohio redevelops site of dead downtown mall
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(Courtesy NBBJ) The future came into focus last week for the site of a defunct mall in downtown Columbus, Ohio. By the time City Center mall

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Cafe Fargo in Buffalo, New York has no mechanical heating system. (Florian Holzherr) Wintry Buffalo, New York is about the last place you mi

Deborah Berke uses modern design, modern art to revive Indianapolis' Old...
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A rendering of the proposed 21c Museum Hotel with the old City Hall (left), which will be come an art museum and housing for arts-related pr

Twin Cities architects will pay you $5,000 to take this piece of the Min...
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MCA Chicago unveils new logo, plans for image overhaul with help from Jo...
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MCA Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave. (Peter McCullough) Change is underway at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. At a press conference Friday

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