Laura S. Washington

Columnist and Political Analyst
Chicago Sun-Times and ABC 7-Chicago

Laura Washington

Laura S. Washington is a Chicago Sun-Times columnist and political analyst for ABC 7, Chicago’s ABC-owned station. She served as a 2015 Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. Washington brings more than two decades of experience as a multi-media journalist and nonprofit professional specializing in African-American affairs, local and national politics, race, and social justice. From 2003 to 2009 she served as the Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor at DePaul University.    

She is the former editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, served as deputy press secretary to Mayor Harold Washington and received her BSJ and MSJ from Northwestern University. Her work has received dozens of local and national awards, including two Emmys, the Peter Lisagor award, the Studs Terkel Award and the Racial Justice Award from the YWCA.  
Washington has been widely featured in the national media, including Time Magazine, the Associated Press, New York Times, NBC Nightly News, MNSBC, PBS News Hour, and the BBC.

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