Tanner Howard

Chicago, Il 60640 · (719)440-9401 · Tanner.J.Howard@gmail.com

I'm a trans journalist, historian, and urbanist, interested in pursuing projects that raise challenging questions and help lead to transformative social change. I live in Chicago, and I'm pursuing a Master's in Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois-Chicago.


Experience

Freelance Journalist

Multiple Publications

As an independent journalist, I’ve published pieces in a number of publications. These include articles for the Guardian, Columbia Journalism Review, Chicago Reader, Chicago Review, Curbed, Shelterforce, and Colorlines, amongst other publications.

June 2017 - Present

Editorial Intern

In These Times

Responsible for assisting with numerous elements of web and print publication, such as factchecking, proofreading, and research. Also reported several original stories, mostly on housing campaigns in Chicago.

January 2018-June 2018

Substitute Teacher, Tutor

Chicago Public Schools, MyGuruEdge

After graduation, I applied for a sub teaching license to work in Chicago Public Schools, where I’ve helped in classrooms from elementary through high school. I’ve also worked as a private tutor, primarily helping with SAT and ACT prep as well as English, History, and other Social Studies materials.

September 2017-Present

Editorial Assistant

Jacobin Magazine

Worked full-time in Jacobin’s New York office for my Journalism Residency. Completed a wide range of tasks in the editorial process, including fact checking, copy editing, line editing, and research. Wrote a short piece for the quarterly print publication, as well as publishing on the magazine’s website. Also contributed to launching the publication’s nascent podcast series, editing a number of interviews using Adobe Audition.

January 2017-March 2017

Editorial Assistant

Jacobin Magazine

Worked full-time in Jacobin’s New York office for my Journalism Residency. Completed a wide range of tasks in the editorial process, including fact checking, copy editing, line editing, and research. Wrote a short piece for the quarterly print publication, as well as publishing on the magazine’s website. Also contributed to launching the publication’s nascent podcast series, editing a number of interviews using Adobe Audition.

January 2017-March 2017

Life and Style Editor, Managing Editor, Executive Editor

North By Northwestern

Responsible for overseeing section meetings, helping writers develop stories, editing stories, and communicating with managing editors about section content. As managing and executive editor, responsible for editing submitted stories, helping section editors develop projects, and publishing content to our website. As executive editor, responsible for running newsroom one night a week, in addition to facilitating relations with activist communities on campus in an effort to be more inclusive as a student publication.

March 2014-June 2016

Circulation Assistant

Northwestern University Library

As a work-study student and later full-time employee, I assisted patrons in accessing library materials, as well as helping people in research projects, amongst other tasks.

September 2013-September 2017

Research Assistant

Critical Inquiry

Proofed and prepared the journal for publication, including copy editing. Responsible for researching 40 years of the journal’s archives to connect each article with related stories in the archives. Also responsible for producing a white paper considering the journal’s web presence in relation to its competitors.

June 2016-September 2016

Editorial Intern

Chicago Reader

Responsible for generating and pitching own story ideas, which resulted in numerous short features. Also assigned several review assignments, which resulted in continuing work with the Reader as a freelancer following my internship, including numerous book and film reviews, as well as author interviews.

June 2015-September 2015

Reporter and Editor

Medill on the Hill

Responsible for publishing stories written by other students in newsroom, writing on a deadline, and covering Congressional hearings, amongst other Washington events. Wrote several feature-length pieces on issues like gentrification and education, one of which was cited in the book City Power by Richard Schragger.

January 2015-March 2015

Reporter

Medill Justice Project

Responsible for contacting sources, researching data about prisoner recidivism, and poring over previous research on the story of Jenni Del Prete, falsely accused of shaking a baby to death and sentenced to prison.

September 2014-December 2014

Education

Northwestern University

Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude
Journalism and History

GPA: 3.75. Relevant coursework includes Reporting In Diverse Communities, Features Writing, Chicago History and a graduate seminar on Narrative History.

September 2013 - June 2017

University of Illinois-Chicago

Master's In Urban Policy and Planning

Concentration in Community Development. Ongoing coursework includes Community Development I, Urban Revitalization and Gentrification, Intro to GSAV I, and Global Urbanization and Planning.

January 2019-December 2020 (Anticipated)

Skills

Strong abilities in editing and shaping stories, as well as generating story ideas. Deep background in editing, including developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, and fact-checking. Experienced in Adobe suite, especially InDesign, Premiere, Audition, and Photoshop. Proficiency in HTML and CSS, and well-versed in a number of CMS systems. Strong background in a number of topics, particularly housing justice and Chicago history. Interested in pursuing projects that challenge existing systemic abuses and compel readers to action.


Interests

When I'm not writing or reading (which, quite frankly, is most of the time), I like to bike, cook, and dream. I'm at home wherever there's good public transit and ample bike lanes, and the chance to explore new cities always brings me the greatest joy.

I'm also involved in several organizing projects. I'm a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, and a Harassment and Grievance Officer for the Chicago chapter. I'm also a co-creator of Just Constellations, a new tool to connect online resources for social change. Though I don't live there now, I'm also a former member of the Doveland Cooperative, a co-op in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood.


Awards and Presentations

  • Presenter, Allied Media Conference, 2018
  • National Book Critics Circle Emerging Critic, 2018
  • Fulbright Program Semifinalist, 2017
  • Northwestern University School of Journalism Cum Laude Graduate, 2017
  • Jeffrey Zuckerman Prize for Best Digital Humanities Project, 2016
  • Questbridge National Match Scholar, 2013