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Erika Hobbs

Communications Director and Chicago Program Manager

Erika Hobbs is NLP’s communications director and program manager in Chicago, where she also oversees classroom programs.

Erika began her journalism career at The Philadelphia Inquirer, reporting on municipal politics in southern New Jersey. She also has been an investigative reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, has written for The Baltimore Sun and spent five years at the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, where she covered the nation’s 10th largest school district. She has been an adjunct instructor in writing and journalism at four colleges and universities — most recently at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she also held various communications roles.

Erika is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago and has a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She has nearly completed her coursework toward a doctorate in communications, focusing on the representation of students of color in education coverage and the redefinition of news in a digital age.