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Cassie Walker Burke is Chalkbeat’s founding Chicago bureau chief. She joined Chalkbeat from Crain’s Chicago Business, where she was assistant managing editor, opinions chief, and served on the editorial board. She’s the former executive editor of Chicago magazine, co-founded the online magazine Middleouest, and her writing has appeared in Politico, O, the Oprah Magazine, Elle Décor, and Interior Design. She has an M.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and she has taught magazine writing and editing at both Medill and DePaul University.

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