We are so excited to share with you that beginning April 1, 2020, award-winning journalist, Lolly Bowean, will become the Field Foundation’s new Media & Storytelling Program Officer.
Lolly Bowean was a general assignment reporter at the Chicago Tribune for more than 15 years with a focus on urban affairs, youth culture, housing, Chicago communities and government relations. She wrote primarily about Chicago’s unique African American community and the development of the Obama Presidential Center.
During her tenure, she covered the death of Nelson Mandela, violence in troubled neighborhoods, and the 2008 election and inauguration of President Barack Obama. Most recently, she wrote about the election of Chicago’s first African American woman mayor, Lori Lightfoot. In addition, she’s covered Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the last gathering of the original Tuskegee Airmen.
Before joining the Chicago Tribune, Bowean covered suburban crime, government and environmental issues for the Times-Picayune in NewOrleans.
She has been published in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Lenny Letter and Longreads. She has served as a contributing instructor for the Poynter Institute and lectured at the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and is the former program officer for the Chicago Headline Club. She was a 2017 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and is a Studs Terkel Award winner. In 2019 she became the first African American awarded the Gene Burd Urban Journalism Award. She is a Pulitzer prize-nominated writer who lives on the South Side of Chicago.
ABOUT MEDIA AND STORYTELLING
The goals of the Field Foundation’s Media & Storytelling program are to create more just and inclusive narratives about Chicago that foster policy change; amplify the voices and impact of African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and Native American journalists, media makers and storytellers in the local media landscape; and support more reporting and storytelling by traditional and alternative journalism platforms about the root causes of the city’s inequities.
To learn more about this program area, visit fieldfoundation.org/grantmaking/program-areas.