About us

The RogersEdge Reporter is a hyper-local news website covering events and issues for the Rogers Park and Edgewater neighborhoods of Chicago. We deliver multimedia stories about entertainment, education, politics, crime, sports and dining. The content on this site is produced by journalism students at Loyola University Chicago, as well as students at Nicholas Senn High School.

Backed by a grant from the Robert R. McMormick Foundation, the two schools partnered to help foster understanding and communication between their students. Although these aspiring journalists attend schools just a few miles apart, their worlds are quite different. Within the protective boundaries of their campus, students at Loyola University Chicago are largely sheltered from the realities of their neighborhood, such as economic hardship, gun violence, gangs, drugs, and homelessness.

​​A few blocks away, students at Nicholas Senn High School directly confront these same issues each day, whether inside their households or on their way to school. While Loyola and Senn students are dealing with different realities, they share a need to analyze the world around them. Four afternoons each week, students from both schools meet in a storefront near the Loyola campus to find and report stories.

Meet the Team!

John Carpenter

Bureau Chief

John Carpenter is a veteran journalist and adjunct professor in Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communications. He is a former reporter for both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, and his freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Orlando Sentinel, the Baltimore Sun, Forbes.com, and many other outlets.

Israa Alzamli

Assistant Editor

Israa is a rising senior at Loyola University Chicago and is studying broadcast news and Political Science. In her two years at Loyola, She has been involved with Loyola's broadcast news channel, as well as the NBC News Midwest Bureau. Israa loves news in all its forms - whether its print, audio or video. Israa also loves bagels, ice cream, and figure skating.

Almudena Rincón

Assistant Editor

Almudena is a rising senior at Loyola University Chicago studying journalism and English. In her three years at Loyola, she has been involved with Society of Professional Journalists, The Loyola Phoenix, and WYCC PBS. When she's not reporting the news, Almudena is drinking tea, going on road trips, or writing stories about her home country of Spain and her semester abroad in Beijing

Olabisi Efunnuga

Reporter

Olabisi is a junior at Senn High School, and has been studying journalism since her freshman year. While she is now working as a reporter for the RogersEdge, she hopes to become a political lawyer in the future. She is also a basketball player, and loves a good sense of humor.

Oscar Marquez

Reporter

Oscar Marquez is a junior at Senn High School who has been studying Journalism for three years. He loves to write articles and edit videos, and spends most of his free time reporting for Senn TV and RogersEdge Reporter. He hopes to pursue a career in journalism in the future.

Kirsten Ceralde

Reporter

Kirsten is a sophomore at Senn High School and has been studying journalism since her freshman year. She's an aspiring journalist for Vice, and in her downtime she is a graphic designer, videographer, and a photographer. She loves to go on adventures around Chicago and appreciates good Filipino food.

Maria Yanez

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