Natalie Y. Moore


Natalie Y. Moore is an award-winning journalist based in Chicago. Her reporting tackles race, housing, economic development, food injustice, and violence. 

Moore’s acclaimed book The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation received the 2016 Chicago Review of Books Award for nonfiction and was BuzzFeed’s best nonfiction book of 2016.

Also, she is co-author of The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall and Resurgence of an American Gang and Deconstructing Tyrone: A New Look at Black Masculinity in the Hip-Hop Generation.

Moore contributed to Southside, a collection of stories about the 
criminal justice system in Chicago in collaboration with The Marshall Project/Amazon Original Stories in 2018.

For the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Chicago riots, she co-wrote a 30-minute audio drama with Make-Believe Association that aired on WBEZ. 16th Street Theater adapted portions of The South Side in 2019. Haymarket Books will publish The Billboard.

Moore's work has helped shift the way Chicagoans think about segregation in the region. She is a sought-after speaker for high school assemblies, colleges, foundations, churches, festivals, and community groups. She is still thrilled that Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek said her name. In 2019, Moore and her book were a clue on the popular game show.

Moore is the Chicago Council's Longworth Media fellow. Her reporting in Finland was funded by the Clinton Family Foundation and supported by the Pulitzer Center.

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