I’m Justin Agrelo, The Trace’s community engagement reporter for Chicago. As someone who was born and raised here, I know what it feels like to have your community written about but not necessarily written for.

Justin Agrelo

That experience drives the motivating question of my work: What would the coverage of gun violence in Chicago look like if we let the people who are closest to the gun violence crisis lead the way? I’d like to invite you to explore that question with me. By signing up for my newsletter, you’ll receive exclusive monthly updates on projects like the Survivor Storytelling Network, and essential Chicago news written by our team.

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