Susan Smith Richardson

Editor and Publisher

The Chicago Reporter

Susan Smith Richardson is editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter. She's been a crusading journalist for more years than she cares to remember, most of the time with daily newspapers. Her columns about gentrification helped her land a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, where she also earned a Master in Public Administration.

But don't let the Harvard credentials fool you. Before becoming a journalist, she was a grassroots organizer in Texas and the South, working in communities of color and with rank-and-file labor organizations. Susan lives in the South Side neighborhood of Woodlawn and has a standing date at 9 p.m. Thursdays with Viola Davis and the cast of "How To Get Away With Murder."