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You may have noticed a new face on Chicago Tonight recently, reporting stories about a 3D chalk artista West Side Community music centera community-oriented bookstore. Growing up in the city, Idowu found herself attracted to storytelling and writing. At a really young age I can remember writing random short stories that made no sense, and loving the idea of being a novelist. Idowu was always reading asand especially loved coming-of-age stories like those by the author Sarah Dessen. They also revealed the power of storytelling, which led her to journalism.
While majoring in political science and minoring in journalism at Beloit College in Wisconsin, Idowu studied abroad in England and did some writing about fashion there.
She received more ificant journalistic experience closer to home, while interning at a newspaper in Janesville, Wisconsin, just north of Beloit. There, she bonded with a reporter who worked out of Janesville for a larger television station elsewhere in Wisconsin.
But it was intimidating, because at that time I was just writing for a newspaper. I was still learning and developing. Idowu with the subject of a story, Danielle Mullen of Semicolon. From there, she went on to a stint as a digital reporter for Pretoria News in South Africa. Working as a reporter in another country with a racially fraught history was difficult. Bridging a gulf in experience was a challenge she faced in her next job as well, as a producer and eventually reporter for WJTV12, the CBS affiliate in Jackson, Mississippi.
The American South may not be as distant from Chicago as South Africa, but it still has a different culture and set of beliefs. It was a small city but there was so much great, hard local news. Now she is back in Chicago, the home she always missed. Her grandmother, who inspired her love of stories when she was young, is also grateful to have her back in her home city. She saves all of my articles, she has all of her friends watch from different cities. She just literally has done everything she can to be supportive and encouraging. Idowu wants to do the same for younger. View the discussion thread.
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