Shantieya Smith’s mother. (Provided)

Black people comprise about two-thirds of all reported missing persons cases in Chicago over the past two decades.

Calumet City Mayor Thaddeus Jones. (City of Calumet City)

The reversal occurred days after officials in Calumet City mailed several citations to Hank Sanders, a Daily Southtown reporter whose job includes covering the suburb, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday. The Southtown is owned by the Tribune’s parent company,

Calumet City Mayor Thaddeus Jones. (City of Calumet City)

Hank Sanders reported in an Oct. 20 story that consultants told Calumet City administrators the city’s stormwater infrastructure was in poor condition before flooding wrought by record September rains. Officials say Sanders continued to call and email city employees, drawing complaints including from Mayor Thaddeus Jones.

Emmy Martin, Editor in Chief of The Daily Tar Heel, the student newspaper of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, poses with a copy of the Aug. 30 paper outside of the newsroom on Monday, Oct. 9, 2023, in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Samantha Lewis via AP)

The Daily Northwestern’s explosive interview this summer with a former football player about alleged hazing was key to the firing of head coach Pat Fitzgerald, who is suing for wrongful termination.

Office of the Marion County Record. (Mark Reinstein / MediaPunch / AP)

An attorney for the Marion County Record said the local prosecutor has agreed to withdraw a search warrant executed on the newspaper Friday and will return all seized items, answering demands of press freedom advocates who sharply condemned the police action.

(WTTW News)

Recent data shows that the murder rate in the U.S. is experiencing one of the largest decreases ever. Yet that good news doesn’t always make the headlines. Instead, mainstream media is often accused of furthering a narrative about rampant crime.

(Cytonn Photography / Unsplash)

A recent Pew Research Center study found that just 6% of reporting journalists were Black in a sample of nearly 12,000 journalists.

Spectrum News 13 in Orlando identified the slain reporter as 24-year-old Dylan Lyons. (Spectrum News 13)

Spectrum News 13 became the latest local news organization faced with the impossibly difficult task of having to report on a deadly attack targeting its own colleagues.

In Chicago, the ability to access police scanner traffic in real time is going away as Mayor Lightfoot moves forward with a plan to encrypt all police communications and delay them for 30 minutes, citing officer and victim safety. 

SpaceX’s Elon Musk waves while providing an update on Starship, on Feb. 10, 2022, near Brownsville, Texas. (Miguel Roberts / The Brownsville Herald via AP, File)

The company hasn’t explained to the journalists why it took down the accounts and made their profiles and past tweets disappear. But Musk took to Twitter on Thursday night to accuse journalists of sharing private information about his whereabouts that he described as “basically assassination coordinates.” He provided no evidence for that claim.

Maudlyne Ihejirika appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Dec. 8, 2022. (WTTW News)

A longtime Chicago journalist just stepped away from her job after 30 years of covering crime, politics, education and urban affairs.

Tracy Baim, publisher of the Chicago Reader weekly newspaper sits for a portrait in her office Monday, May 9, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

The Chicago Reader, the city’s famed alt-weekly, is expected to become a nonprofit this month after the sale was nearly derailed over a co-owner’s column opposing COVID-19 vaccine requirements for children. Critics including former and current Reader staff blasted his take, arguing that Goodman relied on sources repeatedly fact-checked by media and infectious-disease experts.

(WTTW News)

The future of the Chicago Reader is at stake as a dispute drags on between staff members and one of the paper’s current owners. 

Brent Renaud attends the 74th Annual Peabody Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on May 31, 2015, in New York. Renaud, an American journalist, was killed in a suburb of Kyiv, Ukraine, on Sunday, March 13, 2022/ (Photo by Charles Sykes / Invision / AP, File)

Brent Renaud, an acclaimed filmmaker who traveled to some of the darkest and most dangerous corners of the world for documentaries that transported audiences to little-known places of suffering, died Sunday after Russian forces opened fire on his vehicle in Ukraine.

Reporter Peter Nickeas at work in October 2013. (Courtesy Chicago magazine)

Three straight years of overnights, reporting on violence: Crime reporter Peter Nickeas on how that work changed him–and why he doesn't want to stop covering violence.

A new memoir tells the story of a young mother separated from her husband during the Nigerian civil war in the 1960s. Hear how she protected her family, including future Chicago Sun-Times journalist Maudlyne Ihejirika.