I am a Chicago-based journalist covering inequality, urban issues and social movements.

I approach my work first and foremost as a storyteller who seeks to write about under-covered issues. My work has ranged from coverage of the Arab Spring protests in Bahrain to a chronicling of the human casualties of rapidly disappearing affordable housing in Chicago. I won a Sidney Hillman award for my February 2016 investigation into the way Chicago's police union impacts the narrative around police shootings. I've won one Lisagor Award with City Bureau, and been nominated for two others. 

I've lived in five countries and worked with many more publications. Most recently, this has included Fusion.net, Al Jazeera America, AJ+, the Chicago Reader, The Chicago Reporter, In These Times magazine, Truthout.org and DemocracyNow!

I received an MSJ from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. 

You can find me most days with an ear to the ground. I can be reached at yanakunichoff@gmail.com.