Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods are often lumped together as one big homogenous place. But the South Side is a patchwork of distinct neighborhoods, filled with the kinds of characters and day-to-day stories that don’t always make headlines. Over a six-month period in 2011, I followed five people in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood: a high school student, a fitness club owner, a House music legend, a 20-something journalist, and an elderly disabled artist.

I produced five radio stories that appeared on WBEZ and with videos online. The series won first place awards from the National Headliner Club and the National Association of Black Journalists.

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