Kyla Gardner

Reporter/Producer @gardnerkyla

Kyla Gardner is a general assignment reporter/producer covering mainly breaking news.

She joins Chicago after interning for The Chicago Reporter, an investigative magazine.

Kyla studied journalism at Northern Illinois University, where she worked as a reporter and designer for the daily student newspaper. In 2011, her investigation into the school’s late-night “drunk buses” won second place nationwide for collegiate News Story of the Year. Her most popular story, however, was about an angry goose chasing students.

Kyla was born and raised in the western suburbs, but now lives in Bridgeport.

Fun Fact: Although Kyla didn't consider pursuing journalism until she was halfway through college, she wrote, directed and starred in an embarrassing fake news show as an 11-year-old. She will give you $5 if you can find it on YouTube.

Lincoln Park & Old Town »

July 22, 2014

CPS Teacher Finds Perfect Summer Gig as Ice Cream Man

Morrill School gym teacher Richard Vargas, of Sauganash, sells ice cream during his time off.

Wicker Park & Bucktown »

July 16, 2014

Pixiehammer Press Will Write Your Love, Hate Letters For a Small Fee

Pixiehammer Press writers Ian Belknap and Lindsay Muscato will compose letters at Pitchfork.

Lincoln Park & Old Town »

July 16, 2014

VIDEO: Pixiehammer Press Team Typewrites Custom Letters of Love or Hate

Co-founders Lindsay Muscato and Ian Belknap will compose letters at Pitchfork Music Fest this weekend.

Lincoln Park & Old Town »

July 14, 2014

VIDEO: Lincoln Park Zoo Gives Kids a Taste of Gardening

Volunteers at the Edible Garden also provide free advice to gardening hobbyists.

Lincoln Park & Old Town »

July 8, 2014

VIDEO: 'Bug Deliveries' at Nature Museum Set Stage for Butterfly Show

The butterfly release at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum takes place at 2 p.m daily.

Bronzeville & Washington Park »

July 7, 2014

Mariachi Training Course Preps Teachers for CPS Program Debut in Fall

Jose Hernandez trains mariachi teachers across the country and has high hopes for Chicago's program.

Lincoln Park & Old Town »

July 7, 2014

VIDEO: Mariachi Lessons Prepare Teachers for CPS Program Debut in Fall

A mariachi music curriculum will be taught at five CPS schools to boost parent and student engagement.

Bridgeport, Chinatown & McKinley Park »

July 3, 2014

'Fancy Rat' Pet Owners Aim to Quash 'Stigma of Being a Rat'

Owners, breeders and veterinarians say domesticated rats are just like dogs.