FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence in Chicago

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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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Will Lori Lightfoot Be the Mayor to Finally Solve Chicago’s Gun Violence Problem?

Advocates believe the city is primed for a more effective approach to shootings. Now, they are waiting to see whether the new administration will deliver.

By Brian Freskos

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Dan Protess

Dan Protess is the producer and director of Firsthand: Gun Violence.

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 multimedia journalist and editor based in Chicago.

Nissa Rhee

Nissa Rhee is an award-winning independent journalist who lives in Chicago.

WTTW is Chicago’s PBS station.