Monday, May 23, 2011

Southtown political writer Kristen McQueary moves on to Chicago News Cooperative

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There wasn't much fanfare in the apparent departure of Kristen McQueary from the Southtown Star. The 12 year veteran columnist and political reporter left the Southtown Star to take a position at the Chicago News Cooperative, the online news outlet that has a working relationship with the New York Times weekend edition -- some of their online material appears in the regional edition of the New York Times on the weekends. She's also doing some work for WBEZ 91.5 FM Public Radio.

The Chicago News Cooperative describes itself as "The Chicago News Cooperative produces public-interest journalism focused on Chicago, its politics and policy, culture and the arts, and the diverse communities of the metropolitan area. We publish in The New York Times on Friday and Sunday, the first outside news organization to produce entire pages for the Times. We also work in partnership with WTTW Channel 11, Chicago’s public television station." 

Her first story for the CNC was April 29, 2011 on the University of Illinois. She's listed on her LinkedIn profile as being the Statehouse reporter at the Chicago News Cooperative/New York Times, WBEZ/Chicago Public Radio.

McQueary is a past president of the Chicago Headline Club (the largest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists) and she has won two Lisagor Awards for her writing (2000 and 2007).

She still has some columns in the SouthtownStar but no online articles about her transition. Her LinkedIn profile describes her employment at the SouthtownStar as "past."


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