Esther Yoon-Ji Kang
Esther Yoon-Ji Kang is a reporter on the Race, Class and Communities desk. Previously, she was the communications manager for the University of Chicago Institute of Politics (IOP). Before her work with the IOP, Esther was an editor at Chicago magazine, where she reported, wrote, edited, photographed, designed and produced award-winning stories for the website and print magazine. Prior to Chicago magazine, she worked as a breaking news producer for chicagotribune.com, latimes.com and other Tribune Company news sites. Aside from her work on the Web, Esther has covered the Chicago Public Schools and juvenile court beats and has written for various publications. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in the journalism school.
Originally from South Korea (by way of Paraguay and the D.C. area), she lives on the South Side with her husband and daughter.
The Chicago City Council voted Wednesday on a budget that includes a guaranteed income program. The one-year pilot will distribute $500 monthly cash payments to 5,000 low-income Chicagoans.
Activists say many anti-Asian attacks are going unreported for reasons like stereotypes and language barriers. Some advocacy groups are encouraging more reporting and pushing bystander trainings.