Amethyst J. Davis

Amethyst J. Davis, Founder

Amethyst J. Davis is responsible for spearheading the growth and development of the HWH, including outlining the editoral trajectory and content. She also produces “The Renaissance Letter,” our biweekly email newsletter. Amethyst was an administrator at New York University before launching her journalism career. She is also a member of the Sounding Board, the community advisory board for Chicago Public Media, which includes WBEZ Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Amethyst was recently a Casey Fellow with the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Black News & Views, where she covered health and COVID-19 for the NABJ’s newly launched digital news service.

Amethyst is a Brooks Middle School ('11) and Thornton Township High School alum (‘15) and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from NYU (BA'19). She recently completed the Data and Policy Summer Scholar program at the University of Chicago.

Corey Schmidt

Corey Schmidt, Freelance General Assignment Reporter

Corey Schmidt is a freelance reporter who's work focuses on the Chicagoland area. He holds an undergraduate degree from DePaul University and is pursuing his graduate studies at Yale University. His byline can be found in the Chicago Tribune, Pioneer Press, Milwaukee Magazine, Ozaukee Press, South Side Weekly and more.

Amina Sergazina

Amina Sergazina, Freelance Politics Reporter

Amina Sergazina is a freelance politics reporter and a journalism student at the Columbia College Chicago. Their stories have been featured at The Columbia Chronicle, Austin Fit Magazine, and The Chicago Reporter. Sergazina got into the journalism because she loved writing, but stayed because they wanted to amplify voices of the people who are not being heard in our society. Sergazina's passionate about local reporting and connecting with the community around them.

Anushuya Thapa

Anushuya Thapa, Freelance General Assignment Reporter

Anushuya Thapa is a Chicago-based freelance reporter with a love for fiction, latin social dancing, and the outdoors. She splits her time between Chicago and Kathmandu and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University. When she's not writing, she's either at a Salsa club or trying (and failing) to get better at chess. You can read her work in Crosscut, InvestigateWest, or The Daily Northwestern.

Rocio Villasenor

Rocio Villasenor, Freelance Bilingual Reporter

Rocio Villaseñor is an early career bilingual freelance journalist and CHIDocumenter for City Bureau's Documenter program. She has been published in Crain's Modern Healthcare, ISSA's Cleaning & Maintenance Management Magazine, La Raza, EXTRA Bilingual Newspaper, Cicero Independiente,, Block Club Chicago, the Daily and other publications where she interned. Rocio holds a Master of Fine Arts in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago, 2018. She enjoys going to the movies, concerts, library, attending comic conventions, and recently found a hobby in making scented candles.

Jahaura Wilson

Jahaura Wilson, Freelance General Assignment Reporter

Jahaura Wilson is a graduate of Hofstra University with a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism. As a journalist and freelance writer with over five years of experience, she knows how to report the facts and remain impartial. Jahaura enjoys writing about food, culture, sports, and the issues that continue to plague Black and Brown communities. Her work has been featured in FM Hip Hop, Hip Latina, CafeMom, & Sister 2 Sister Magazine.