Top stories:

How America Disrupts Its Immigrant Entrepreneurs (Chicago Inno)
‘The World Turned Upside Down’: The Rise of Spanish Immigration to Morocco (The Christian Science Monitor)
How Google helps people seek refuge from Colorado floods (The Christian Science Monitor)
Why So Few Women in Tech? Seven Challenges and Potential Solutions (The Christian Science Monitor)
Fabian Elliott on Why Chicago Should be the ‘Black Tech Mecca’ (Chicago Inno/Lumpen Radio)
Violence Against Women Act Not Reauthorized: Why? (Vocalo 89.5)
 Welcome to the Death Cafe (Chicago Tribune)
 American students in North Africa wait and watch to see if conflict will spread (Minnesota Public Radio)
The Ultimate Road Trip: Monkeys, Sahara and More (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Assorted clips, by outlet:

Chicago Inno

May 16, 2016 How America Disrupts Its Immigrant Entrepreneurs

  • BenchPrep cofounders Ashish Rangnekar and Ujjwal Gupta were attempting to launch their startup from opposite sides of the world in 2010.

June 22, 2016 For Gay, Lesbian Founders, a Delicate Balance at the Table With Investors

  • Saq Nadeem had blazed trails as the first openly gay student body president at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, but when it came to raising money for Paradise for Paws, a boarding service for pets, he hesitated to disclose his sexual orientation to potential investors.

June 16, 2016 4 Chicago Startups on Why They’ve Said No to VC

  • In 2008, Aashish Dalal, cofounder of ParkWhiz, had a signed term sheet and was set to raise $1 million. Then, he said, the venture capital firm pulled out at the last minute.

July 22, 2016 This Chi Hack Night Tool Will Tell You If Your Meeting Is Gender Inclusive

  • Cathy Deng, a Northwestern mathematics grad and developer at civic tech company Datamade, said she’s always been a listener and careful talker.

May 25, 2016 We Tried the World’s First 3D Printed Gummy Machine at Dylan’s Candy Bar

  • 3D printing has officially come to candy. Sweet.

May 11, 2016 Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani on Reducing the ‘Bravery Deficit’ 

  • After running for political office and losing twice–once for Congress and a second time for New York City deputy public advocate–Reshma Saujani knows a thing or two about pushing through a challenge.

March 23, 2016 How A Facebook Group for Side Hustles Grew Into Ms. Tech

  • Five years ago Nicole Yeary was having difficulties getting her health tech startup off the ground. But in talking to her female colleagues in startups and tech, she found she wasn’t the only one facing obstacles.

March 16, 2016 An Illinois Sociologist Uses Supercomputing to Recover the Lost History of Black Women

  • A new collaboration between University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign sociology researchers and the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) uses supercomputing to recover the stories and experiences of black women thought to be lost to history.

March 4, 2016 Why Illinois Residents Are Suing Google and Facebook Over Photo Tagging

  • Anyone who has Facebook or Google Photos is familiar with facial recognition technology collecting biometric data. You upload a photo and a little box pops up around a person’s face, auto-tagging them, because the software has gathered enough visual data that they can recognize a person’s facial structure.

January 28, 2016 Bronzeville Cookin’: A Culinary Incubator, Coworking Space 10 Years in the Making

  • Bernard Loyd sat behind a desk in a future coworking space on the second floor of a building on the corner of Prairie Ave and 51st street in Bronzeville, and talked entrepreneurship and food.

October 20, 2015 With Artificial Intelligence, Your Next Personal Assistant Could Live in Your Inbox

  • Amy fooled me.

May 20, 2015 UChicago Med School Students Mix Clinical With Culinary at Kendall College

  • If the partnership between University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and Kendall College were a recipe, it would call for two years of prep time.

More on Chicago Inno here.

The Christian Science Monitor

March 21, 2013 ‘The world turned upside down’: the rise of Spanish immigration to Morocco

  • Tangier, Morocco: Marcos Martinez Bacelo does not know when he will be able to go home.
  • Boston: Though Leon McCarthy’s left arm ends at his wrist, today he can curl green plastic fingers around the handlebars on his bike.

November 12, 2013 “In light of NSA spying, Brazil may take a step back from World Wide Web”

  • The NSA has been accused on spying on countries around the world, from Russia to Germany to France. The country with the loudest reaction, however, has been Brazil.

October 31, 2013 “Facebook graphic content woes: when are beheading videos okay?”

  • Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) CEO Stephen Balkam can’t get the video out of his mind even though he only watched about half of it. He certainly doesn’t want his teenage daughter or any of the other 94 percent of American teen social media users who have Facebook seeing it either.

October 24, 2013 “Kickstarting journalism: is crowdfunding the answer?

  • For Jeff Israely, journalism isn’t just about reporting the story. It’s about making sure someone pays for the reporting.

September 24, 2013 “Terrorists’ best weapon: guns, bombs, Twitter”

  • Twitter users following the deadly Westgate mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya, late Monday would have breathed a sigh of relief when the Kenyan Interior Ministry (@InteriorKE) tweeted their forces were in control of the situation after four days of fighting and 62 people killed.

September 20, 2013 “Education tech start-ups: No longer the ‘sleepy’ crowd

  • A recent start-up event showcased something not everyone associates with business or technology: education.

September 17, 2013 “How Google Crisis Maps help people seek refuge from Colorado floods”

  • When Nick St. George needed to give his girlfriend directions from South Dakota back home to Denver last Saturday, he relied on Google Maps. But with the northern route into Denver riddled with massive flooding, road closures, and power outages, Mr. St. George turned to Google for an extra reason: safety.

Monitor Weekly (print)

February 8, 2014 “Lower calories, higher profits for food companies”

  • What would a 6.4 trillion-calorie reduction look like if we were looking at the US shopping cart? It would be like taking 42.6 billion cans of Pepsi, 23.7 billion Butterfinger bars, or 106.6 billion cans of Campbell’s chicken noodle soup off the grocery list.

March 16, 2014 “Meet iBeacon: Location tracking to help you shop”

  • Imagine walking through a grocery store and feeling a buzz in your pocket. You pull out your smart phone, which automatically displays the grocery list you made earlier. As you make your way up and down the aisles, your phone alerts you to discounts, as well as when you pass by an item on your list. And one day you might be able to skip the checkout line by scanning and paying for your items with your phone.

March 20, 2014 “Obamacare ads race for Millennials as deadline looms”

  • The nation’s new health-care insurance system needs these young people, who don’t cost the system too much, in order to pay for other, more costly populations. But digital-first, politically ambivalent Millennials are hesitant about opting to enroll in Obamacare – a December Harvard Institute of Politics poll found 57 percent of young adults don’t support the Affordable Care Act – and have been slow to sign up. With a March 31 deadline looming, pro-Obamacare ads have grown increasingly wild, drawing unprecedented scrutiny as well as ire. Critics ask: Is this any way to educate young people?

Monitor Global Outlook

January 24, 2014 “How to sell your app in the BRICs–and beyond”

  • The iPhone became available for sale from China Mobile, the world’s largest carrier, Jan. 17. Apple is expected to sell tens of million of phones to Chinese customer this year thanks to the new partnership – but how many users will download apps?

February 11, 2014 “West’s phone app makers losing out to Asian coders”

  • At the height of its popularity, game app Flappy Bird was pulled down by its Vietnamese developer, who said it was ruining his ‘simple life.’

Minnesota Public Radio News

September 17, 2012 “American students in North Africa wait and watch to see if conflict will spread”

  • A classmate and I sat in her living room on Wednesday, hitting refresh on our Twitter feeds.

Minneapolis Star Tribune

September 8, 2012 “Welcome Week, Morocco Style”

  • Welcome week in America is synonymous with getting acquainted to new experiences, places and people. Welcome week in Morocco is generally the same. That is, if you consider bargaining in Arabic, figuring out a tram system and moving in with a family that likely speaks mostly Darija (a little French and English if you’re lucky) on the same level.

November 14, 2012 “Eid Mubarak! (Happy Eid)”

  • It was the morning of Eid al Adha, and I was staring at a goat and a howlie (sheep) huddled in the corner of my terrace. It was Eid, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, the Muslim holiday that celebrates the story of Abraham’s faith: basically God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael, and just as Abraham was about to do it God stopped him and said Abraham’s faith had been proven and that he should sacrifice a ram instead. Today, that story is commemorated by re-enacting the sacrifice of the sheep. Hence the livestock hanging out on the roof of our medina house.

December 5, 2012 “To protest or vote?”

  • Throughout North Africa and the Middle East, youth have been at the forefront of revolution and political change. Here in Morocco, thousands took to the streets in Spring 2010, raising their voices, calling for reforms and demanding to be heard. That demand was in full force at a recent symposium I attended in Rabat, Morocco’s capital.

Inside Loyola

May 13, 2012 “Living his dream”

  • Carlos Robles is not someone you could imagine being arrested.
  • When members of the 1946-47 Loyola Tennis team posed for their team photo, they never could have imagined where that photo would end up. Probably because technology had only advanced to radio.

May 23, 2012 “Loyola partnering with Senn”

  • On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, alongside Father Garanzini, announced a partnership between Loyola University Chicago and Senn High School in Edgewater, in which Loyola’s School of Education will provide assistance in teacher training and curriculum development in order to transition Senn’s current International Baccalaureate (IB) program into a full wall-to-wall IB school.


April 30, 2012 “Does Money And Career Trump All For Young Women Today?”
*Interactive feature: embedded poll

  • Move over social work and teaching: today’s women are looking for careers that put a little more in the bank.

November 12, 2012 “Election 2012: The Chicago College Student Perspective”

  • For college students in Chicago, this re-election wasn’t just national news—it was happening within a 30 minutes train ride from most campuses. The focus of most students was on voting, finishing class to watch the results and, for some, watching the president himself accept his re-election. Here is the story told through tweets and first-hand accounts.

July 10, 2013 “When I No Longer Feel Safe on My Street: Harassment in Chicago”

  • I came to Chicago for college four years ago from a suburb of the Twin Cities where the crime rate is essentially non-existent. Once here, even after campus safety warnings of muggings, headlines that report unprecedented shooting rates and el encounters with not-entirely-sane individuals, I generally felt that same sense of security.

April 8, 2011 “ChiU talks to EduHookups.com: an experiment in coding the college dating world goes viral”

  • Most college students’ extracurricular activities don’t garner international media attention; but then again, most extracurricular activities don’t offer a service that facilitates casual hook ups for college students.
February 20, 2012 “Chicago Restaurant Week: The Best Deals Around College Campuses”
*Interactive feature: embedded Google maps

  • Chicago is a tricky city when it comes to dining on a college budget.
  • Case in point: birthdays. Birthdays circa 2nd grade meant awesome themes, gift bags and parent-bought presents. Birthdays circa age 20 mean a Facebook wall post, and feeling guilty for choosing your electric bill over celebrating with your friend.

Here is a link to ChiU for more.


“Public Vs. Private College” is a three part series I enterprised for WCCO.com about how to decide between attending a public or private college. Part of the series was featured on MPR’s OnCampus Blog.

August 17, 2011- Part one: “The Cost”

  • August is here and for many soon-to-be high school seniors, reality is beginning to sink in that college is only a year away.

August 19, 2011- Part Two: “The Experience”

  • The cost may be the most blatant difference between attending a public or private university, but what if the cost turns out to be the same after financial aid? This is when many students are left wondering what each type of school can offer, and whether one is worth more than the other.

August 21, 2011- Part Three: “The Bottom Line”

  • Many students would prefer to procrastinate as long as possible, but ultimately that May 1 deadline comes and a decision must be made. When it comes down to the choice between two or three schools, however, the decision can become very difficult.
  • After hours of sitting at a desk, the shining sun outside your window is calling you to drop everything and explore a world uncovered from feet of snow. But not everyone has time for a week-long vacation or the budget to jet off to a distant locale. Instead, make the most of your weekends (or a day off) and take a day trip to one of Minnesota’s local attractions. Adventures are only a drive away.

Loyola Phoenix

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January 26, 2011 “Meet the man behind the blue”

  • The Blue Man Group has become a modern day reference that most people know, but few understand. The trio’s curious wide-eyed trickery, penchant for innovative percussion and abnormally azure skin tone have fascinated audience members across the globe and kept the Briar Street Theater (3133 N. Halsted St.) busy with performances. But what exactly about a few blue dudes performing skits set to heavy metal keeps audiences enthralled? And who is behind the Blue?

April 21, 2010 “Under the Spotlight”

  • Every Monday night at 10 p.m., a time usually reserved for homework, a growing number of Loyola students flock to Zip’s Lounge, located on the lower level of the Centennial Forum Student Union, to partake in something a little more creative. Since the beginning of the semester, LUC Monday Night Open Mic has welcomed musicians, poets, comedians and everything in-between, and fostered a sense of musical collaboration and community in the process.

March 30, 2010 “First Impressions”

  • As I walked into the beginning of the exhibit Matisse: Radical Invention 1913-1917, I was presented with a huge portrait of the artist himself. He stands halfway up a ladder looking at the camera with a hardened expression, holding onto a rung with one hand and a palette with the other; “Bathers by the River,” the culmination of this period, stands half finished in the background.

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