Sarah Conway is an award-winning reporter in Chicago

Sarah Conway is a skilled investigative journalist living in Chicago, the land of the Council of Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa peoples.

She covers transformative justice, local government accountability, maternal health, immigration, and social justice. She specializes in long-form, narrative storytelling rooted in investigative and community-centered reporting. 

Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, the Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Reader, Belt Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Sun-Times, BuzzFeed News, South Side Weekly, In These Times, Guernica magazine, Block Club Chicago, and other outlets. She won the Chicago Review of Books' "Best Essay" award for After Unthinkable Loss and a finalist for the Chicago Society of Professional Journalists' "Best Feature Story" award in 2018. She co-authored "The Promise," a nonfiction graphic novel about one man's asylum journey from Syria to Chicago in which was a finalist for the Chicago Society of Professional Journalists' "Best Illustration" award in 2019.

Sarah is the managing editor of civic reporting programs at City Bureau, a nonprofit civic journalism lab serving Chicago’s South and West Sides. Previously, Sarah was a reporting fellow and a civic reporting resident at City Bureau where she created The Cord, a text app and series of stories that delivered news and resources directly to pregnant women, mothers, and anyone else who wants information for expecting moms in Chicago.

She led reporting teams covering neighborhood economic development, criminal justice reform, food justice and worked as a court reporter in collaboration with WBEZ and Injustice Watch. BuzzFeed News included her reporting in its list of 29 Times Nonprofit Journalism Made A Difference In 2018: "City Bureau reporters followed the opening of the nation's first restorative justice court, on Chicago's West Side, bringing an unprecedented amount of transparency and community input to an experimental and opaque court system."

Sarah was a Social Justice News Nexus fellow at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and an International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) reporting grantee in 2019. There, she designed and reported Asylum City, a year-long look into the stories of asylum seekers in Chicago that culminated in a 10-part project that included first-person narratives, reported features, and a non-fiction graphic novel. IWMF named Sarah one of 19 women changing journalism in 2019 who "against all odds are turning the tide with reporting that challenges traditional narratives and brings new stories to light."

She is a graduate of New York University's Arthur L. Carter School of Journalism. Before her career in journalism, Sarah was a researcher focused on civic engagement in Iraq. She has lived and worked in Ghana, Madagascar, Niger, and Iraq. She has learned a bunch of languages, but speaks French and studies Arabic. 

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