New Chicago Journalists Association Board

3 weeks 3 days ago #1 by Justin Kerr
As a member of the Chicago Journalists Association , I was very excited to get word of the hallowed group's new board of directors, as well as some teasers that membership activities are coming in the fall.

This looks like a great group of leaders for Chicago journalists, and I wished to share this update with our readership, too. Welcome, new board members!

  • Rachel Hinton: Rachel Hinton is the chief political reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times, where she has also covered Cook County government and the county's Democratic Party. She graduated from DePaul University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Journalism.
  • Jillian Melero: Jillian Melero is a multimedia journalist and the associate digital editor/producer for WTTW News, including “Chicago Tonight.” She’s worked as a science communicator and energy reporter for Climate Central, an independent science and news organization. Her work has also been featured by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
  • Jesus J. Montero: Jesus J. Montero is a multimedia journalist and community reporter at Cicero Independiente, a hyperlocal news outlet covering Cicero, Illinois. He graduated from DePaul University with a master’s degree in Journalism, Media, and Communications. The Chicago native is a first-generation college graduate and a recipient of the 2019 Facebook Journalism Project Scholarship. Jesus was previously an investigative researcher at NBC Chicago and Telemundo Chicago as well as a fellow at NBC News for Dateline.
  • Jamie Friedlander Serrano: Jamie Friedlander Serrano is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor. She writes about a variety of topics but has a particular interest in mental health. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, New York Magazine's The Cut, VICE, Glamour, the Chicago Tribune, Business Insider and Inc., among other publications. She received her master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and her bachelor's degree from New York University.
  • Courtney Sturgeon: Courtney Sturgeon is a professional storyteller and the founder and CEO of The Resume Reporter, LLC (“RR”). Courtney reported for Midwest NBC and FOX affiliates and for an ABC affiliate in New England before returning home to Chicago.

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