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Schoolin' Life

Schoolin' Life

Journalism lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School

Workin' Hard for the Money

Workin' Hard for the Money

Recent articles, creative work, and other published pieces

Sharing the Good Word

Sharing the Good Word

Press interviews, awards, and talks

About Arionne

Arionne Nettles is a lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and is responsible for Medill’s publishing platform, Medill Reports.

As a reporter and editor with experience in different mediums, her work often explores art’s cultural ties to issues such as mass incarceration and educational inequity. Most recently, Nettles worked as a digital producer at Chicago’s NPR station, WBEZ, where she ran the daily digital desk. She helped develop a new collaboration with NPR’s digital team and was the host of WBEZ’s first video interview series.

Prior to joining the WBEZ team, Nettles was a multiplatform editor at The Associated Press where she edited stories for AP’s 14-state central region, breaking news online and on social platforms. She also worked as digital managing editor of the Chicago Defender, one of the nation’s oldest black newspapers, and as a freelance reporter before pivoting to full-time journalism.

Nettles started her professional career in business and marketing. She spent several years working in digital marketing strategy as a consultant and led the social media team at one of Chicago’s fastest-growing companies.

Nettles obtained bachelor and master of business administration degrees from Florida A&M University and a master of science in journalism degree from Medill, where she received the Harrington Award for magazine writing and editing.

Nettles is a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists and works to teach Chicago-area teens the power of words through her organization, Write Chicago, and its “sicker than your average” writing workshops.