Web site: http://www.karilydersen.com/
About: Kari Lydersen is a Chicago-based freelancer, author and journalism instructor in college and youth programs. She writes about the science, environment, energy, labor and other topics for outlets including The Chicago News Cooperative, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Midwest Energy News, and TimeOut Chicago. Her books include “Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover and What it Says About the Economic Crisis” (Melville House, 2009) and “Shoot an Iraqi: Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun” (City Lights, 2008). Current projects include ongoing coverage of the health and environmental and labor aspects of goods movement, particularly around rail yards and seaports in the Great Lakes region and nationwide. She grew up in San Diego, studied journalism at Northwestern University and is a former national team swimmer and marathon swimming national champion. She teaches journalism at Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and through the non-profit youth program We the People Media. She also leads mural tours in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago where she lives.
Stories by Kari Lydersen:
The Grand Calumet’s road to recovery (Jan 25 2013)
Grand Calumet River delivers toxic load to Lake Michigan (Jan 24 2013)
Fiscal cliff could dump sewage into Great Lakes (Dec 11 2012)
Milwaukee pioneers innovative stormwater controls (Apr 5 2011)
Waukesha water war key for Great Lakes diversion policy (Dec 10 2010)