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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces she will give preference to reporters of color

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has announced that her office will give preference to reporters of color in an effort to “break up the status quo.”

When defending the decision, Lightfoot claimed City Hall press corps were mainly white males and no reporters were women of color. “I have been struck since my first day on the campaign trail back in 2018 by the overwhelming whiteness and maleness of Chicago media outlets, editorial boards, the political press corps, and yes, the City Hall press corps specifically,” she said. The decision was met with controversy from media figures and politicians.

Mary Ann Ahern, political reporter for NBC5 Chicago, Tweeted, “As ⁦@chicagosmayor reaches her two year midway point as mayor, her spokeswoman says Lightfoot is granting 1 on 1 interviews – only to Black or Brown journalists.” Gregory Pratt of the Chicago Tribune, Tweeted that he was scheduled to interview Lightfoot on Wednesday. However, after the mayor’s announcement, Pratt said, “I asked the mayor’s office to lift its condition on others and when they said no, we respectfully canceled. Politicians don’t get to choose who covers them.”

ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

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