Kristin Walters

Engagement

As Engagement Strategist, Kristin spearheads the integration of engagement and editorial processes to maximize the reach of our reporting and its positive community impact.

She builds pathways for Illinois citizens and organizations to participate in the editorial process through events, educational initiatives, community partnerships, and everyday conversations. From her perspective, there are no greater experts on the issues of Illinois than the state’s diverse, industrious, and passionate citizens.

Kristin Walters / Illinois Newsroom

The fertile soil of Illinois farmland has defined the state for 200 years (hello, bicentennial). And current farmers and aspiring ones are wondering who gets to carry on the legacy for the next 200. If you’re not in the farming industry, the issue is more complicated than you think.

panelist discussing marijuana legalization
Travis Stansel / Illinois Newsroom

The issue of marijuana legalization in Illinois has been hotly debated for years. But assumptions, inaccuracies, and unknowns still fuel arguments on all sides across the state. As vocal legalization supporter and governor-elect J.B. Pritzker prepares to take office, Illinois residents are trying to understand how the potential legalization will affect them. 

Lee Milner

The midterm elections conclude November 6. Do you know what’s on your ballot? It's not a presidential election, so why does it even matter? What impact will your vote really have?

Illinois Newsroom holds Listening Sessions across the state to hear what's top of mind for community members. 

Darrell Hoemann

You want to be an informed and confident voter this election season, and Illinois Newsroom wants to help. Our statewide public media collaboration is delivering you the highest quality information around the Midterm Elections. And you’ll be our guide.