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Molly Parker

Investigative 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.