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Ariel Cheung

Chicago, IL

Senior Editor for @cschicagosocial in charge of food & drink. Midwestern mutt, cat cuddler, devourer of dishes. If it’s tasty, tell me:

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DNAinfo Chicago reporter covering crime, education, business and politics in the Lakeview and Avondale neighborhoods.

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What was your first job as a journalist?

I worked at my university's independent student newspaper, working my way up to become editor-in-chief.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes -- my sister and I used to write stories on the two ancient typewriters we had in our basement.

How is social media changing news?

Social media is a way to connect with the community & readers. It provides real-time updates in an easily digestible format.

Illinois AP Awards

2014 - Enterprise series
Won first place for 3-part "Drug Court" series, examining effectiveness and profiling participants of the drug court program in Knox County, Ill., competing against daily newspapers in the state with up to 15,000 circulation.

Illinois AP Awards

2014 - Investigative Reporting
Shared award with two co-workers for "Fatal Dog Attack" competing against small dailies in Illinois with circulation up to 15,000.