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Kristen Schorsch

Kristen Schorsch is a reporter on WBEZ Chicago’s government and politics team, where she covers Cook County and specializes in public health. Her stories have been on air and online nationwide through NPR and KFF Health News. Most recently she has examined the ripple effects of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade, the potentially brewing mental health crisis among migrants, and the power and influence in Cook County politics. 


A journalist for 20 years, Kristen previously worked for Crain’s Chicago Business, the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Southtown and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. She has won more than a dozen local and national awards for her work. One of her investigations was featured in two books about inequality in Chicago. She was a 2021 fellow with the Association of Health Care Journalists.


Kristen is a former longtime board member of the Chicago Headline Club and co-founded the organization’s annual FOIAFest conference about public records and transparency. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois.

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