Portrait by Zakkiyyah Najeebah

Sarah Conway is an award-winning journalist in Chicago where she covers politics, power, immigration, and labor. 

Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Chicago Reader, Chicago magazine, Chicago Reader, South Side Weekly, In These Times, Guernica magazine, Block Club Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times, BuzzFeed News and other publications. She won the Chicago Review of Books Best Short Story or Essay award in 2018 for her essay, After Unthinkable Loss. She was a 2018 Peter Lisagor Awards finalist for Best Feature Story.  

She is the managing editor at City Bureau, a nonprofit civic journalism lab on Chicago's South Side devoted to equitable media coverage, encouraging civic participation and holding powerful forces to account. In this role, Sarah has covered maternal health, 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 is a co-founder and editorial director at Borderless Magazine, a nonprofit news outlet that is reimagining immigration journalism for a more just and equitable future. The Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the country, named Borderless Magazine (formerly 90 Days, 90 Voices) the “Best Start-Up” of 2017 and a finalist for "Best In-depth Reporting in a Community Newspaper" and "Best In-depth Report or Series" in 2018. 

Originally from Illinois, Sarah is a graduate of New York University's Arthur L. Carter School of Journalism. Before journalism, Sarah worked as a researcher and project manager at a nonprofit in Iraq where she researched issues facing religious and ethnic minorities, women's rights, youth empowerment, and public opinion. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in both Madagascar and Niger.

Sarah is a Social Justice News Nexus fellow at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a reporting grantee with the International Women's Media Foundation.