Stephen Franklin

Ethnic Media Project Director

Stephen Franklin is an award-winning journalist and former labor writer and foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune where he covered the Middle East, served as bureau chief as well as undertaking many assignments in the region. At the Community Media Workshop, he manages the Ethnic Media Project, a program to help Chicago’s ethnic media build their skills and network with one another. Through his work with the ethnic media, Steve helped to develop and launch the anti-violence campaign “We Are Not Alone/No Estamos Solos” to bring black and Latino communities together to spotlight anti-violence initiatives around Chicago.

Franklin has also worked for the Detroit Free Press, the Philadelphia Bulletin, the Miami Herald and the Washington Daily News. He has also reported from Central and Latin America. He was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize, and a series of his articles were among the top investigative stories cited by the Society of Business Editors and Writers in 2007. He has trained Egyptian journalists for the International Center for Journalists and for the Cairo-based Media Development Program. A former Studs Terkel award winner with the Workshop, he has been the Workshop’s ethnic news media director since 2009.

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