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WBEZ Expands Newsroom with Addition of Nereida Moreno as Producer for The Morning Shift and Kristen Schorsch as Cook County Reporter
CHICAGO (May 17, 2018) – WBEZ 91.5FM, Chicago’s NPR news station, is announcing the further expansion of its newsroom with two new additions: Nereida Moreno, formerly of the Chicago Tribune, as a new producer for The Morning Shift, and Kristen Schorsch, from Crain’s Chicago Business, as WBEZ’s new Cook County Reporter.
Moreno starts May 21 as a producer for The Morning Shift, WBEZ’s weekday talk show with hosts Tony Sarabia and Jennifer White. Moreno has been a metro reporter for the Chicago Tribune since 2016, with a focus on immigration, Latino affairs and breaking news and enterprise coverage. Prior to the Tribune, she reported for the Southern California News Group, the Daily Breeze, and MUSE (Music, Unity, Sports and Entertainment). She is a 2016 National Headliner Awards recipient for her coverage of the San Bernardino terror attack, and has bachelor’s degrees in communications/journalism and American Studies from California State University, Fullerton.
Schorsch joins WBEZ May 31 as Cook County Reporter on the government and politics desk. She is a Chicago journalist who has been following the money in health care at Crain’s Chicago Business since 2011. Previously she has covered crime, courts, government, and higher education for the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Southtown and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. She is a member of IRE and a longtime board member of the Chicago Headline Club. Schorsch has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois where she started as a reporter for the Daily Illini.
“We’ve been investing in our newsroom to better serve the public with local news and thoughtful analysis of the key issues facing Chicago’s communities,” said Steve Edwards, vice president, chief content officer for WBEZ. “Kristen brings a depth of knowledge of the city and region that will be key in her coverage of Cook County for WBEZ. Nereida’s reporting background, social media experience and skill in fast-moving news environments will further allow The Morning Shift to be a timely and vital part of Chicago’s daily news conversation. I am thrilled to have them both on our team.”
Moreno and Schorsch are the next new hires in a string of recent additions to the station’s newsroom. Most recently, WBEZ announced the appointment of veteran, award-winning Chicago Sun-Times reporter Dan Mihalopoulos as an investigative and political reporter; he starts May 29.
WBEZ also recently expanded its education desk with two new reporters. Adriana Cardona-Maguidad joined WBEZ in April to broaden coverage of primary and secondary education in Chicago, and Kate McGee will start May 21 as the station’s first higher-education reporter. With Cardona-Maguidad and McGee on board, WBEZ now has the largest and most robust education desk in Chicago.
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