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Chip Mitchell

Reporter, WBEZ

Chip Mitchell is a reporter for WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR affiliate. His base is a studio on the city’s West Side. He focuses largely on policing, immigration, low-wage industries and underground business.

His investigative and narrative reporting has earned dozens of local and national honors. In 2013 and 2015, Chicago’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter gave him its annual award for “best reporter” in broadcast radio. He has won two first-place National Headliner Awards, one for a 2014 exposé series that led to a felony indictment of Chicago’s most celebrated police commander, another for a short 2013 documentary about a Chicago heroin supply chain through Mexico and Texas.

From 2003 to 2006, Chip’s base was Bogotá, Colombia, where he focused on U.S. participation in that country’s civil war. His stories reached U.S. and international audiences through news outlets including PRI’s The World, NPR’s Morning Edition, the BBC, the Dallas Morning News and the Christian Science Monitor.

From 1995 to 2003, Chip focused on immigration and the U.S. role in Latin America as editor of Connection to the Americas, winner of the 2003 Utne Independent Press Award award for “general excellence” among newsletters nationwide.

In 1995, the Milwaukee Press Club named a story he authored for the Madison newspaper Isthmus the year’s best investigative report in Wisconsin. The story examined a fatal shooting by narcotics officers in a rural mobile-home park. In 1992, he co-founded two daily news shows broadcast ever since on Madison’s community radio station, WORT. He was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He earned a B.A. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.