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Arionne Nettles

arionne nettles

Reporting for Chicago Reader in Chicago 


The American Writers Museum creates a digital experience during COVID-19


Bronzeville Children’s Museum ahead of the COVID-19 curve

Arionne Nettles is a lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. As a reporter and editor with experience in different mediums, her work often explores art’s cultural ties to issues such as mass incarceration and educational inequity. Most recently, Nettles worked as a digital producer at Chicago’s NPR station, WBEZ, where she ran the daily digital desk. She helped develop a new collaboration with NPR’s digital team and was the host of WBEZ’s first video interview series. 

Prior to joining the WBEZ team, Nettles was a multiplatform editor at The Associated Press where she edited stories for AP’s 14-state central region, breaking news online and on social platforms. She also worked as digital managing editor of the Chicago Defender, one of the nation’s oldest black newspapers, and as a freelance reporter before pivoting to full-time journalism.

Examples of her work include:

Black Creativity thrives in its 50th year 

Lupe Fiasco Grew Up With Martial Arts — Then Went to China To ‘Study With The Masters’

Chicago Cultural Center’s ‘In The Company Of Black’ Exhibit Highlights Everyday Black Life