Chicago Tribune re-assigns Laura Rodriguez as Latino Community Journalist
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The cliché some ‘personal news’ post: I’ll be joining the Chicago Tribune newsroom covering the Latino community to continue to tell our stories now in English, but some in Spanish too. I’m hoping to work to ensure that we continue to have a space and a voice here. One that shows and preserves the essence of our community. It’s an opportunity to elevate those stories to reach a broader audience and build representation within such a Chicago institution.
We are happy to announce that Hoy reporter Laura Rodriguez joined the Tribune newsroom this morning to bolster our coverage of Chicagoland’s Latino community.
Laura has spent the last four years finding important stories to tell about that community, often focusing on Pilsen and Little Village. We have asked her to continue to find those kinds of stories there and across the region, knowing they will resonate with Tribune readers. We are eager to explore the possibility of doing some of those stories in Spanish as well as English.
This newsroom has had a number of opportunities to work with Laura over the years, seeing her passion and expertise up close. Just last week we worked with her on a story about the pilgrimage to the Des Plaines shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe, which ran on page one of Wednesday’s print edition. In the past, we worked with her on coverage of the viral video of the family sleeping on the Blue Line, and she helped us with the Spanish version of our in-depth exploration of the killing of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez.
Laura studied Journalism at De Paul University, had a minor in Spanish, and graduated with a concentration in Latino media. She serves on the board of the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
Laura was born in Mexico and moved to Chicago when she was in third grade. She now lives in Pilsen.
Her bio notes: “Laura is a mariachi fanatic and a country music lover. She writes more than she cooks and enjoys a glass of rosé most Thursdays evenings.”
Laura will spend time working with different teams in the newsroom to get on board. Please welcome her.