Adriene Hill: Adriene is Chicago Public Radio’s business and economy reporter.
Sara Sargent: After receiving her master’s from the Medill School of Journalism in December, Sara began interning at Chicago Public Radio. With a background in business and economics reporting, she assists Adriene on the Hard Working series.
Lauren Talley: Lauren comes to Chicago from Michigan, where she’s familiar with the local effects of the recession. After a semester in Valencia, Spain, Lauren returns to the Midwest to assist Adriene on the Hard Working series. She studies journalism and Spanish at Michigan State University.
Mary Gustafson: Mary is alarmed to find herself newly without a job in an industry facing a bit of an identity crisis. With her journalism brethren dropping like flies at daily newspapers, alternative weeklies, consumer magazines and trade magazines (from which she formerly hails), she remains optimistic that the perfect job is still out there. And, depending on the cover letter she’s writing, she is either “at heart a print journalism girl” or “an early convert to digital journalism.” Truthfully, she couldn’t live without either. In the meantime, she takes some comfort in blogging her misadventures on her blog entitled My Year Of Living Dangerously.
M Hunter: M is a techie trapped in the body of a creative. Originally a West Coaster, he came to Chicago for school, met the girl of his dreams, and hasn’t managed to leave yet. With almost 10 years of experience in IT, he was unexpectedly laid off by one of Chicago’s premier media properties. Now he, along with his wife, try to navigate unemployment, keep the marriage together and keep their senses of humor through it all.
Eddie Lakin: A culinary school graduate, chef, and restaurant manager with more than 15 years of restaurant industry experience, Eddie’s work experience also includes two years in Spain and Italy. With a resume that includes scooping Beluga caviar at Tru, rolling maki at Roy’s Chicago, and slinging hash browns and over easy eggs at Uncommon Ground, Eddie brings a wealth of culinary knowledge and real-world experience to his current kitchen gig–cooking at home for his wife and two young children after being laid off in October of ‘08. He blogs at Cooking and Eating in Chicago and writes for web-based food and wine magazine Off the Vine.
Erica Lipper: Erica recently moved to Chicago and was promptly laid off! She holds an MA in English literature from Georgetown University and has worked as a teacher and writer.
Reid McCamish: A social science researcher by day, this Chicagoan fancies himself an artist, musician, futurist and firebrand philosopher. Reid is planning to write about viewing work as a choice instead of an obligation and about employment negotiations. “I mean to talk about how most employment negotiations, especially job interviews are conducted as if the employee/job seeker has no negotiation power, essentially as if they’re begging for a job, when I’m reality, they’re negotiating the sale of a valuable commodity – their time or labor – that they have control of.”
Nia Williams: With degrees in anthropology and journalism, Nia is torn between two loves: Media and academia. She has spent nearly the entirety of her 10-year career with one foot in each world, hobbying one when the other pays the bills. Until January she was a media professional, watching nervously as her industry hemorrhaged thousands of jobs due to a worsening economy. Now she’s a job-seeker eyeing that bloodbath from the sidelines, trying to land a new gig before severance from the old one runs out. She’ll be writing about unemployment from the young single’s perspective–job-hunting, spending, and living when there’s no other income to rely on. She blogs about frugal-yuppie living at dollar out of 15 cents, and writes a budget decorating column for the Chicago edition of Examiner.com.