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FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence in Chicago

The number of people killed by guns in Chicago each month may fluctuate, but the psychological trauma in many neighborhoods is constant. How do wounded communities experience the violence, and how might they heal? In FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence, The Trace and WTTW explore the perspectives of people whose lives have been affected by gun violence in Chicago.

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Lead Reporters

  • Brian Freskos

    Brian Freskos is a Chicago-based staff writer who covers the Midwest. His work has primarily focused on gun trafficking and community-based violence prevention.

  • Sarah Ryley

    Sarah Ryley was an investigative reporter for The Trace.
  • Arionne Nettles

    Arionne Nettles is a lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the mother of a 14-year-old son.