CHICAGO (Oct. 10, 2018) – WBEZ 91.5FM, Chicago’s NPR news station, is announcing the further expansion of its newsroom with two new additions: Maria Zamudio as a reporter for WBEZ’s recently established Race, Class, and Communities Desk and Manuel Martinez as the new visual journalist.
Zamudio will cover immigration and immigrant communities for WBEZ and brings a deep knowledge of immigration policy and a wealth of investigative reporting experience. In previous roles at The Chicago Reporter, The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, the Associated Press and American Public Media, Zamudio’s reporting uncovered wage theft, deportations without due process, abuse of federal rent subsidies and poorly investigated fatal police shootings. Her reporting has also led to reform, including a Chicago ordinance to fight wage theft and a federal investigation into a Memphis nonprofit developer.
“With her strong connections to Chicago’s immigrant communities, Maria offers a deep understanding and passion for reporting on the complex world of immigration,” said Alden Loury, who joined WBEZ earlier this year as its Senior Editor for the Race, Class and Communities desk.
The Race, Class and Communities desk is the newest topic-oriented enterprise desk at WBEZ. It was established to expand the station’s original investigative reporting and insight about issues in Chicago’s diverse, multiracial neighborhoods. Zamudio will join award-winning reporters Natalie Moore and Odette Yousef on this team.
In another new hire for WBEZ, Martinez starts this month as a visual journalist on the Digital Enterprise Team. Martinez has been a photographer and videographer for Crain’s Chicago Business since 2013 and he has more than a decade of experience collaborating with reporters, photographers, and videographers to create compelling visual stories.
Martinez has travelled throughout the United States and South America to produce high-quality portraits and documentary-style footage for digital outlets, newspapers, and magazines. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Tampa and in Visual Journalism from the Brooks Institute of Photography.
Martinez’ hire is part of WBEZ’s efforts to expand its digital presence by delivering its award-winning journalism to more users across more devices. He’ll produce compelling photojournalism and videos of his own, and will work extensively with reporters across the newsroom to tell powerful visual stories that engage users across WBEZ’s digital platforms.
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