Maudlyne Ihejirika is an award-winning, urban affairs reporter, columnist and author with experience in journalism, public relations and government. She holds a B.A. in journalism from University of Iowa, an M.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and an honorary Doctorate from Saint Xavier University. She writes the Sun-Times “Chicago Chronicles,” long-form columns on “people and places that make Chicago tick,” with a focus on black and brown communities. Her honors include the prestigious Studs Terkel Award, top national and local awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists, and several civic awards. She’s president of the Chicago Journalists Association and the National Association of Black Journalists Chicago. Her expertise in urban affairs, immigration and refugee issues, and social justice has led to appearances on CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS and NPR. She’s a frequent guest contributor on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight: Week In Review” and FOX32’s “Good Day Chicago.” Follow her at @Maudlynei on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.