In a new series, WMAQ will cover different topics that are deeply rooted in bias and racism. “As a journalist I feel a sense of responsibility to report stories that will hopefully inform and educate viewers about the important issues that have led to the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Marion Brooks, WMAQ’s investigative reporter.
The practice is called redlining, the systematic denial of various services by federal government agencies, local governments as well as the private sector either directly or through the selective raising of prices.
The new multi-month series, Race in Chicago, premiered on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
The series will air weekly on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. through the end of the year. Audiences everywhere can also visit nbcchicago.com to watch online and access exclusive digital content as well as candid conversations with prominent researchers and voices from the community.
Spearheaded by Marion Brooks, WMAQ’s anchor and investigative reporter, all of NBC 5’s reporters will contribute to the series by examining the African American experience in Chicago and providing historical or contemporary context for various topics and issues.
“As a journalist I feel a sense of responsibility to report stories that will hopefully inform and educate viewers about the important issues that have led to the Black Lives Matter movement,” Brooks said. “Context is critical and through our journalism, we will deliver the in-depth background that will hopefully spur honest conversations across our communities.”
“NBC 5 is committed to giving the people of Chicago facts and perspective on how we got to this important time in history,” said Frank Whittaker, WMAQ’s vice president.
Over the coming weeks, the series will cover different topics that are deeply rooted in bias and racism. WMAQ’s investigative team will report about the 1921 Tulsa riots and the repercussions that are still felt today. From segregated schools to a digital divide, the team will report on how the coronavirus has further exposed disparities in education in our communities, and explore the legal and cultural roadblocks the LGBTQ+ community still faces.
Working in partnership with NBCU’s WSNS Telemundo Chicago, WMAQ’s series will highlight the issues the area’s Afro-Latino community faces.
Additional topics will be explored through the series later this year.
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