editor in chief, Catalyst Chicago
Project: A sustainable publishing platform that leverages social entrepreneurship principles with search engine mechanics to deliver useful public school information to urban audiences.
Anderson was born and raised in Chicago. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University. She began her career in journalism in 1993 as the associate editor of Crain’s Chicago Business. In 1996, she became managing editor of Catalyst, a sister publication to the Chicago Reporter. In 2001, she was named Catalyst’s editor in chief. In 2004, under her leadership, Catalyst the newsletter was relaunched as Catalyst Chicago, an independent, color newsmagazine created to document, analyze and support Chicago public school improvement efforts. She and her team have won numerous awards including several Peter Lisagor Awards from 2000-2005 for commentary, deadline reporting online, in-depth reporting and public service, the Clarion Award in 2006 from the Association for Women in Communications, and two from the Society of Professional Journalists for public service. She was selected in 2009 for the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute, a year-long development and renewal program for non-profit leaders.
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