Photo journal: November

I haven’t had as much time to update this blog since Extra brought me on board as managing editor back in October.

So I figured I’d do a photo dump of images I shot over the course of November as a kind of scrapbook update. Here they are, presented in no particular order and with no particular context. Enjoy.

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Big things have small beginnings

In college I was an intern at Extra Newsa weekly newspaper focused on Chicago’s Hispanic community. Since graduating and working for other publications and marketing jobs I’ve continued to freelance with the publication on and off over the years.

Last month the publisher asked me to act as Extra’s guest editor and thanks to my performance he offered me the managing editor position when it became vacant in October. Being able to cover Chicago has been my dream since Adentro de Pilsen closed its doors and I took a marketing job out of Elmhurst to pay the bills.

And even though I’m back reporting on the city I love, I’m still going to be covering Niles for The Bugle in a freelance capacity.

So next time you’re walking by an Extra “honor box” be sure to pick up a copy and flip through it. This week our cover story is on how Chicago and Illinois officials are partnering with federal officials to screen for Ebola at O’Hare. Ω

Pierogi Fest: The pride of Whiting

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I went to the 2014 Whiting Pierogi Fest yesterday. In its 20th year, the festival draws almost 200,000 visitors annually to Whiting, Indiana. Originally from central and eastern Europe, pierogi are dumplings of unleavened dough that are boiled before being baked or fried, usually in butter with onions. They’re usually stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit. However the festival featured alligator pierogi, taco pierogi and pizza pierogi as well. Continue reading