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Arionne Nettles is a multimedia journalist and editor with a strong love for transferring business ideas to the world of journalism. Currently a digital producer for WBEZ, she previously held editor roles at The Associated Press and Chicago Defender newspaper, and spent seven years gaining experience in supply chain, digital marketing strategy, and freelance reporting before pivoting to journalism full-time.
Arionne is also a proud MBA graduate of Florida A&M University and received a second master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. When she’s not running on the lakefront or enjoying a champagne campaign, she’s teaching Chicago-area teens the power of words through Write Chicago’s “sicker than your average” writing workshops or volunteering as a mentor.
Faced with a small staff, I leaned heavily on Arionne for her refreshing creativeness, captivating storytelling, and a sick work ethic that was unmatched by anyone in our newsroom. Not only was Ari my go-to girl when it came to needing someone to cover events around Chicago, she was a leading voice for our publication when it came to issues regarding the state of black fathers in our community and was prominent in shining a light on up and coming African American entrepreneurs in our community. Simply put, Arionne did it all!
Arionne is an outstanding editor, one who has mastered the all too important journalistic agendas of discovery and cultural accuracy. She magic wands stories by consultatively connecting with people in their place and time in the world, always conveyed with purpose and presence via a unique voice which hollers like a south side Chicagoan honed, molded and mentored at the esteemed Medill School.
I’ve worked with Arionne on several occasions. She takes my thoughts and ideas and always comes through with something magical. I can always rely on her to deliver.