Cycle 1 Fellow
Mary C. Piemonte is an award-winning journalist and photographer, with 16 years experience covering “the news that matters to people living in impoverished neighborhoods,” and also training dozens of low-income adults and youth in the basic skills of journalism. Mary has also served as a moderator and panelist at events nationwide regarding low-income people and the issues and legislation that affect them. She has been a guest speaker on several local and national public radio broadcasts, and has been highlighted in several print and online publications across the country, and one in Finland. Additionally, Mary has hosted a live call-in television show for a number of years on CAN-TV’s Hotline Channel 21, as part of her work as Editor in Chief of Residents’ Journal, which covers Chicago public housing. Mary was a first-place winner of the national Society of Professional Journalists award for media collaboration, and she is the recipient of several local awards, including a Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club and a Studs Terkel Award from the Community Media Workshop.
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