May 22, 2017 Last Updated 4:23 pm

ProPublica Illinois announces first three hires, each with ties to the Chicago Tribune

The new ProPublica Illinois today was able to announced three new hires, and it looks like the Chicago Tribune will be losing some talent. The announcement comes from Louise Kiernan, ProPublica Illinois editor-in-chief, who (by the way) worked 18 years at the Chicago Tribune, amd fopre six years has been at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

Jodi Cohen (left) has been at the Chicago Tribune since 2003, forest as Higher Education Reporter, and just last September as Investigative Reporter and Editor. Cohen previously worked at The Detroit News. Cohen, a graduate of the University of Michigan (Political Science), will be a newsroom reporter.

Jason Grotto (middle) has been an investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune since 2007. Grotto’s reporting experience includes a 7 year stint at the Miami Herald, the position he held before moving up north to the Tribune (Jason, you fool didn’t anyone tell you how cold it is here?). Grotto received his BA from the University of Oregon (US history), then received a masters degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Grotto will also join the ProPublica Illinois newsroom as a reporter.

David Eads (right) joins ProPublica Illinois after having founded FreeGeek Chicago, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community organization that recycles used computers and parts to provide functional computers, education and job skills training in exchange for community service. Since 2014, Eads has been an editor and software developer for NPR Visuals, and he has been a news applications developer at the Chicago Tribune. Eads is joining as a news applications developer.

ProPublica Illinois is still advertising for at least two other hires: an Engagement Reporter, and a Web Producer. It was previously announced that the new venture will have a staff of 10 journalists at the new Chicago-based headquarters.

You can find more information on these, and other positions at ProPublica, here.

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