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Advertising: Lourdes Nicholls (lourdes@oakpark.com), Ben Stumpe (ben@oakpark.com)

Address: 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone: 708-524-8300

Erika Hobbs

Editor (erika@growingcommunitymedia.org)
Erika Hobbs is an award-winning veteran journalist, digital strategist and news entrepreneur. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer and other publications. Her work focuses on public trusts, justice and holding the powerful accountable. She is committed to local news because fostering local identity while reporting news and creating space for civil discourse is critical for a vibrant democracy.

Igor Studenkov

Staff Reporter (igor@growingcommunitymedia.org)
Igor Studenkov is a winner of multiple iPA journalism awards for government and business reporting. He wrote for Growing Community Media’s Chicago Journal in 2012. He has been covering Chicago’s West Side communities for Austin Weekly News since 2015, and he is currently the lead reporter for Forest Park Review. Igor contributes to Streetsblog Chicago, as well as various Chicago area community publications.

Amina Sergazina

Staff reporter (amina@growingcommunitymedia.org)
Amina Sergazina (they/she) believes that journalism is about change, not just awareness. Born in Almaty, Kazakhstan they immigrated to the U.S. in 2018. They graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2023 and have been published in Harvey World Herald, Legal Management Magazine, Chicago Reporter and The Columbia Chronicle.

Dan Haley

President and Publisher (dhaley@wjinc.com)
Dan was one of the three founders of Wednesday Journal in 1980. He’s still here as its four flags – Wednesday Journal, Austin Weekly News, Forest Park Review and Riverside-Brookfield Landmark – make the switch to the nonprofit model of Growing Community Media. He sees independent community journalism as the glue that makes a neighborhood vital.

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