Natalie Y. Moore is a reporter at WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR member station, where she covers segregation and inequality.
Her enterprise reporting tackles race, housing, economic development, food injustice and violence. She is also a monthly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. Natalie is a storyteller and moves through multiple genres – radio, podcasting, digital, books, magazines, newspapers, art catalogues and most recently playwriting.
Natalie is the author of “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation,” winner of the 2016 Chicago Review of Books award for nonfiction and a Buzzfeed best nonfiction book of 2016. She is co-author of “The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang” and “Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation.” Natalie contributed to “Southside,” a collection of stories about the criminal justice system in Chicago in collaboration with The Marshall Project/Amazon Original Stories in 2018. For the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Chicago riots, she co-wrote a 30-minute audio drama with Make Believe Association that aired on WBEZ. 16th Street Theater adapted portions of “The South Side” in 2019. Haymarket Books will publish “The Billboard.”
Natalie’s work has helped shift the way Chicagoans today think about segregation in the region. She is a sought-after speaker for high school assemblies, colleges, foundations, churches, festivals and community groups. Natalie is still thrilled Alex Trebek said her name. In 2019, Natalie and her book were a “Jeopardy” clue.
Natalie Moore is a 2021 USA Fellow.