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Veteran Chicago Reporter Dan Mihalopoulos joins WBEZ 91.5FM Chicago’s Politics and Government Desk
CHICAGO (April 27, 2018) – Today WBEZ 91.5FM, Chicago’s NPR news station, announces that veteran Chicago investigative reporter Dan Mihalopoulos is joining its politics and government desk, a key addition to the newsroom as WBEZ continues to expand its local news coverage and to serve Chicago’s community through original investigative reporting and insight. Mihalopoulos starts at WBEZ on May 28.
Mihalopoulos joins WBEZ from the Chicago Sun-Times, where he worked on in-depth, investigative stories about Chicago government and politics, as well as education, and wrote a weekly political column called “Inside Chicago.” His stories have won numerous local and national awards, and have contributed to the departures of a Chicago Public Schools’ CEO and the leader of the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO), the largest charter-school network in Illinois. His series of investigative reports on UNO’s web of political and financial relationships earned first prize for investigative reporting in the Education Writers Association national awards for Education Reporting.
Prior to joining the Sun-Times, Dan was part of the founding reporting team at the Chicago News Cooperative and covered City Hall for the Chicago Tribune. He’s reported from Mexico, Chile, Germany and Greece, and was the lead reporter for the Tribune’s “Neighborhoods for Sale” investigation, which won the Chicago Headline Club’s prestigious Watchdog Award. He is a Chicago native and a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia.
“Over the last two decades, Dan has established a reputation as not only one of the finest political and investigative reporters, but also as one of the most respected and admired colleagues in our profession,” said Steve Edwards, vice president, chief content officer at WBEZ. “We are thrilled to have him on board to further our commitment to original reporting and to providing essential insights on the topics and issues that matter to our community.”
A recent report from WBEZ’s politics and government desk includes an ongoing investigation into the deaths of 13 residents at a veterans' home in Quincy, Ill. from Legionnaires' disease. WBEZ’s award-winning reporters Dave McKinney and Tony Arnold obtained nearly 1,400 emails between state and local public health officials that uncovered how state officials delayed telling the public about the 2015 Legionnaires’ outbreak.
"As a longtime listener and frequent guest on the station's programs, I'm excited to join WBEZ's growing effort to provide intelligent, in-depth coverage of the important issues facing the city," said Mihalopoulos. "I look forward to being part of one of Chicago’s most impactful news teams and to building on what I've been doing with the Sun-Times over the past six years.”
About WBEZ Chicago
WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, serves the community with fact-based, objective news and information. WBEZ’s award-winning journalists ask tough questions, dig deep for answers and expose truths that spark change and foster understanding. WBEZ Chicago is home to two daily local programs, The Morning Shift and Worldview, and a growing portfolio of popular podcasts, including the “Making” series of Making Obama and Making Oprah; Nerdette; and Sound Opinions. WBEZ Chicago has a legacy of innovation as the birthplace of nationally acclaimed programs such as This American Life, and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and the ground-breaking podcast, Serial.
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