About the Author

Mary C. Johns Editor-in-chief of the Residents' Journal 001 for websiteMary C. Piemonte is a national award-winning professional journalist, and county-wide award winning photographer, with 18 years experience in reporting the news that matters to people living in impoverished neighborhoods, and training dozens of low-income adults and youth in the basic skills of journalism.

As the former Deputy Executive Director for We The People Media and Editor-in chief of the Residents’ Journal produced by the nonprofit. Mary has moderated numerous events on low-income issues, and served as a panelist at several conferences in and out of town, talking about the political issues effecting the low-income population, and any legislation regarding them.

Mary has also been a guest speaker on several local and national public radio broadcasts, and has been highlighted in several news print and online publications across the country, and in Finland.
Additionally, Mary has hosted a live call-in television show for a number of years on the Chicago Cable Access Network, Hotline Channel 21, for Residents’ Journal talking with various guests about the  issues of poverty she reports on in print and online.

Mary is one of the first place winners of the 1st Annual National Society of Professional Journalists awards for media collaboration, and the recipient of several local awards, including a Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club, a Studs Terkel Award from the Community Media Workshop and a “Courageous Voices” Award from the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs.

Additionally, Mary  participated in the inaugural phase of the Social Justice  Nexus News Fellowship program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, supported by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in 2014.  The program brings together community fellows – local reporters and community leaders – with graduate student fellows currently enrolled at Medill. The focus of the first fellowship cycle was the drug policy and the impact of drugs on Chicago communities.  Fellows explored this topic through various journalistic forms and across multiple media platforms, generating public dialogue and debate on these crucial issues.

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