Sun-Times journalist Kathy Chaney will receive a Studs Terkel Award for fostering diversity in the Sun-Times’ newsroom and coverage.
The award — originated in 1994 by Chicago nonprofit Public Narrative and named for legendary Chicago journalist Studs Terkel — has recognized Chicago journalists who go above and beyond in their coverage of Chicago’s diverse communities. Previous Sun-Times recipients include Mary Mitchell, Maudlyne Ihejirika, Tom McNamee and Mark Brown. Other recipients include Ira Glass and Eric Zorn.
As the Sun-Times assistant audience engagement editor, Chaney has been a stalwart in ensuring stories about Chicago’s black community are told with nuance and clarity.
A journalist for 20 years, she worked in the Black Press for half that time and is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Whether she’s editing for print, managing the website or social media, Chaney has made increased diversity a priority.
“Journalism is a responsibility I don’t take lightly,” she said. “I’m a fearless advocate for diversity in newsrooms, and try my best to make sure diverse voices are included in all stories. I’m honored that my peers recognize in me the passion Studs Terkel shared.”