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  • Starting in 2013 I’ve been a research associate with Northwestern University’s Medill Watchdog Project, working with student interns and director Rick Tulsky to produce in-depth investigative stories with media partners including WGN TV and The Chicago Tribune.
  • I am a leader of the Chicago Social Justice Reporting Fellowship at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, working with fellows and graduate students to cover and generate dialogue around social justice issues including the war on drugs and neighborhood violence.
  • From 2006 to 2011, I was an adjunct journalism instructor at Columbia College Chicago, teaching classes including Intro to Mass Media, Community News, Reporting and Writing II and Grammar for Journalists. Community News and Reporting and Writing II were lab and field work classes; Intro and Grammar were seminar classes.

Kari with youth reporters outside the State Line coal plant in Northwest Indiana.
  • Since 2000 I've been a youth instructor for the non-profit organization We the People Media, working with youth in public housing and other marginalized or low-income neighborhoods, training the youth in the basics of journalism and media literacy and helping them write stories about the issues affecting their lives.
  • I led an environmental justice youth journalism program through Michigan State University and We the People Media from 2011-2013, taking youth reporters to do in-depth field reporting on issues including Chicago coal plants; heavy industry in Northwest Indiana; frac sand mining near Starved Rock State Park; and the battle against Asian carp.