Molly ParkerInvestigative Reporter
Veteran journalist Molly Parker joined Capitol News Illinois in July 2023 as an investigative reporter.
Parker was a member of the Lee Enterprises Midwest Public Service Journalism team. Prior to that, she was a reporter at the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale since 2014. In that role, Parker exposed a housing crisis in Cairo, the state’s southernmost city, that resulted in a federal takeover of the county’s housing authority and the relocation of about 400 people from two dilapidated, WWII-era apartment complexes.
Parker is also an assistant professor of journalism at Southern Illinois University and a distinguished fellow with ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, which creates partnerships between nonprofit and local newsrooms.
Parker lives and works in Murphysboro. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Despite audit findings that raise concerns, there are questions about oversight and which agency can bring about change.
The employees at Ludeman Developmental Center in the Chicago area have been fired, resigned or face discipline.
State’s McFarland Mental Health Center renamed to honor woman who publicized its former namesake’s abusive methods.
On this episode, we speak with reporters from ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network in partnership with Lee Enterprises and Capitol News Illinois.
The legislation, spurred by a news investigation, allows workers to be barred from health care jobs for obstructing investigations into staff misconduct