Grace Asiegbu joins Injustice Watch as housing reporter

Grace Asiegbu, the latest addition to the Injustice Watch team.

Injustice Watch is excited to welcome Grace Asiegbu to our team as a reporter covering housing.

Asiegbu joins us from the Chicago Sun-Times, where she has worked as a community engagement resident and breaking news reporter since fall 2020. At Injustice Watch, she plans to explore housing issues through an intersectional lens while examining current housing policies and programs and how they affect communities and people’s everyday lives.

“​Without access to stable housing, it’s pretty hard to lead a stable life,” Asiegbu said. “I want to cover housing to show that this topic can encompass many different issues, like education, criminal justice, and race. My goal is to put real faces to the real issues people confront and not just write another housing story with numbers and jargon no one knows or cares about.”

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Asiegbu’s hiring also follows the addition of former Chicago Reader staff writer Maya Dukmasova, who joined Injustice Watch on July 1 as a senior reporter covering judges and the court system. Asiegbu and Dukmasova, whose past work has examined eviction courts, will play critical roles on our team as we expand our coverage to the housing beat and report on the looming eviction crisis expected once the moratorium on evictions is lifted from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We couldn’t pick a better time to expand our coverage to housing,” said Injustice Watch Editor-in-Chief Adeshina Emmanuel. “Grace will bring a lot of creativity and a people-centered approach to the beat, and I’m excited for the work she’ll produce in collaboration with the rest of our talented team, especially Maya, who has produced some of the city’s best housing reporting in recent years.”

Currently living in the Bronzeville neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, Asiegbu was born in Chicago and raised by Nigerian parents. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has a master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University.

Her first day at Injustice Watch will be Monday, July 26.

Please join us in welcoming Asiegbu to the team.

Contact her via email at [email protected], and follow her on Twitter at @_uzunma.