Melissa Stephens

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A Chicago native, Melissa decided to stay in her home city and earned her bachelor’s degree at Columbia College Chicago in May 2017.

She had the opportunity to report on Chicago politics and the election during her time at Columbia. And her internship at a local NPR station helped give her real journalism experience.

During her free time, you can find her trying out new recipes, binge watching favorite Netflix shows or swimming laps at a local pool.

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'Light years apart': Police shootings in Dallas-Fort Worth expose disparities

In Texas' Metroplex, a pair of similar police shootings have residents wondering if justice can be equally served.

Tropical Storm Nestor forms in Gulf of Mexico, threatening Gulf Coast

Forecasters said the system was approximately 195 miles south of the mouth of the Mississippi River as of 1 p.m. Friday with top sustained winds of 60 mph.

Guns taken from suspected neo-Nazi leader said to be prepping for 'race war'

Kaleb James Cole was not charged with any crime, but the guns were taken under the state's "red flag" law.

Chicago police chief had been drinking before he was found asleep in car

Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Thursday that his medication had been changed and that he felt light-headed while driving home.

Brother of Honduran president convicted of drug conspiracy in U.S.

The two-week trial put a spotlight on the lucrative drug trade between the United States and Honduras.