Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based reporter, author and journalism instructor specializing in energy, the environment, labor and immigration issues. She is community fellowship director of the Social Justice News Nexus program at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and she also works as a research associate for the Medill Watchdog Project.
Kari writes regularly about energy for Midwest Energy News and about labor issues for In These Times magazine along with writing for other publications including Crain's Chicago Business and GlobalPost. She previously wrote for The Washington Post as a staffer in the Midwest Bureau, and for The New York Times Chicago edition as a reporter for The Chicago News Cooperative. She spent the 2011-2012 academic year at the University of Colorado on a Ted Scripps Environmental Journalism fellowship, focusing on hard rock mining in the U.S. and around the world – an ongoing project. She is the author of four books; most recently Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%.
Kari has also taught journalism at Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and she has long worked with youth journalists from marginalized neighborhoods through the non-profit program We the People Media.