Stories by Shelby Hawkins

An image from the Invisible Institute's website on missing Chicago women. (Provided)

Chicago Journalists Say Pulitzer Prize-Winning Reporting on City’s Communities is a ‘Paradigm Shift’

“We are looking at issues that have been covered for a long time, but we’re looking at them at the root. We’re seeing people as complex people that control their own stories, and that’s really important,” City Bureau senior reporter Sarah Conway said.

Footage from a Chicago Sky game.

As the 2024 WNBA Season Tips Off, What to Expect From the Chicago Sky This Year

The Chicago Sky looks different this year with brand new leadership and players on the roster including Angel Reese and Kamilla Cardoso.

Heidi Mueller, director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, appears on “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices” on May 8, 2024. (WTTW News)

New DCFS Director Shares Vision for Troubled Agency: ‘It Requires Collaboration’

Heidi Mueller was appointed director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in February. She is the 13th director in 14 years.

Sendy Soto, Chicago’s chief homelessness officer, appears on “Chicago Tonight” on May 6, 2024. (WTTW News)

Chicago’s First Chief Homelessness Officer Begins Work on Long-Term Plan, Immediate Problems

 Chicago native Sendy L. Soto became  the city’s first chief homelessness officer. Part of her new role will be to devise a five-year plan to end homelessness. 

Chaz Ebert appears on “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices” on May 1, 2024. (WTTW News)

Chaz Ebert Encourages Universal Love, Vulnerability in New Book ‘It’s Time to Give a FECK’

In her new book, “It’s Time to Give a FECK: Elevating Humanity Through Forgiveness, Empathy, Compassion, and Kindness,” Chaz Ebert shares personal anecdotes and stories of awe-inspiring individuals.

A rendering of the proposed new stadium for the Chicago Bears on a redesigned Museum Campus. (Credit: Chicago Bears)

New Chicago Bears Stadium Plans Met With Mixed Reviews as Analysts Question True Cost to Taxpayers

Last week’s announcement of a proposed new domed, lakeside stadium brought with it more questions. Namely, the price tag.

A still image from a video taken of the demolition of the Crawford Coal Plant smokestack, April 11, 2020. (Courtesy of Alejandro Reyes)

Judge Approves $12.25M Settlement Over Botched Little Village Smokestack Implosion

“At the end of the day, it’s about respect for this community — the immigrant, Mexican community of Little Village, and it’s about justice,” attorney Scott Rauscher said.

File photo of the Chicago River. (WTTW News)

Would You Swim in the Chicago River? Navigating Safety Concerns Ahead of Open Water Swim Event

The nonprofit A Long Swim is planning an open water swim event in the Chicago River this fall. Proceeds will support ALS research and Learn to Swim, a program that teaches children in underserved communities how to swim.

A still from the new docuseries “Shame of Chicago, Shame of the Nation.” (Provided)

‘Shame of Chicago, Shame of the Nation’ Delves Into Chicago’s History of Segregated Housing

The new docuseries uses firsthand accounts, archival footage and animation to better explain complex practices like redlining and blockbusting, and how Black families were systemically barred from homeownership.

Cook County Medical Examiner's Office (WTTW News)

Cook County Event Aims to Provide Resources, Support to Families and Friends of Missing Persons

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office is hosting its fourth Missing Persons Day on Saturday as a way to provide support and resources for the loved ones of missing persons.