The Chicago Maroon

Deputy News Editor: April 2019 – Present

Senior Reporter: March 2018 – March 2019

Staff writer: December 2017 – March 2018

Contributor: October 2017 – December 2017

For The Chicago Maroon, the University of Chicago's independent student newspaper, I've reported on campus innovations and controversies, city news, and have profiled and interviewed newsmakers in the community. I'm also the Maroon's beat reporter on UChicago's Yerkes Observatory.

As a deputy news editor, I strive to make sure our newspaper's coverage is top-notch by working closely with reporters and helping with both content editing and social media management.

To send me UChicago-related tips, including regarding Yerkes, email me at oren@chicagomaroon.com.

Background photo: UChicago's Campus North Residential Commons on a snowy night. Taken by myself.

A selection from my reporting

At Navy Pier, Bernie Sanders Talks Racial and Economic Justice, Says Years in Chicago “Shaped My Worldview" (March 3, 2019)

“We have begun the political revolution, and now we’re going to complete it.”

Kicking off his campaign for president with a rally in Chicago on Sunday night, Vermont senator and candidate for president Bernie Sanders (A.B. ’64) spoke about his activism and formative years at the University of Chicago, and gave an impassioned speech on issues ranging from health care to the impact of policing on communities of color.

co-written with Zeff Worley

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The Cultural History of Mankind? (March 14, 2019)

...The discussion-centered, analysis-heavy Hum and Sosc Core classes cover a diverse range of material, and each has its own focus within their fields. Power, Identity, and Resistance, for instance, covers a different swath of the social sciences than Classics of Social and Political Thought; Media Aesthetics and Readings in World Literature are both humanities classes but speak to different types of media. Yet the pioneers of the humanities and social science Cores created the original courses in 1931 with more specific aims in mind.

What were those original aims, and how do some of today’s Hum and Sosc Core classes speak to them?

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The Next Final Frontier: The Efforts to Save Yerkes Observatory (Nov. 8, 2018)

The building has been cleared out; gates surrounding the property have gone up; the community is still reeling, but continuing to rally.

For an institution that was meant to reveal the secrets of the universe, the future still remains quite murky.

Long-form feature for The Maroon's Grey City investigative reporting section

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Seeking Medicare Payments, UCM Sues Department of Health and Human Services (Oct. 30, 2018)

University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) filed a lawsuit on October 12 against the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the latest volley in an eight-year-long effort to compel Medicare payments for costs associated with medical residencies.

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co-written with Miles Burton

Featured in the POLITICO Illinois Playbook!

Trauma Center Official: "We’re really filling a need for our community" (Apr. 27, 2018)

After years of community activism and preparation, UChicago Medicine will open its Level I adult trauma center—the only one on the South Side—on May 1. The Maroon sat down with Debra Allen, UChicago Medicine’s clinical director of trauma services, and Dr. Kenneth Wilson, the deputy director of the trauma center, to discuss their professional backgrounds, the trauma center designation, and the future of UChicago Medicine.

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