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Molly Parker

Molly Parker


Molly Parker was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award earlier this year for their months long investigations into Choate. Those were conducted while Parker was a member of the Lee Enterprises Midwest Public Service Journalism team.

Prior to accepting that position last year, she was a reporter at the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale since 2014. In that role, Parker exposed a housing crisis in Cairo, the state’s southernmost city, that resulted in a federal takeover of the county’s housing authority and the relocation of about 400 people from two dilapidated, WWII-era apartment complexes.

Parker is also an assistant professor of journalism at Southern Illinois University and a distinguished fellow with ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, which creates partnerships between nonprofit and local newsrooms. She joins Capitol News Illinois on July 19.