Wendell Hutson

Reporter/Producer @DNAHutson whutson@dnainfo.com

Wendell Hutson is a reporter for DNAinfo Chicago covering the Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham communities on the South Side.

A Chicago native, Wendell is a 20-year veteran newspaper reporter who has worked in the Windy City his entire career. During his tenure he has won numerous awards including the 2009, 2010 and 2011 A. Philip Randolph “Messenger” award sponsored by the National Newspapers Publishers Association.

Previously, Wendell worked as a senior contributing writer for the Chicago Crusader, a 71-year-old community newspaper where he covered education, health, business and politics. Other newspapers he worked for include the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Real Estate Journal, Chicago Defender, and Pensions & Investments.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Columbia College Chicago, and since age 10 he has always wanted to be a journalist, especially since English was his favorite subject.

Wendell lives on the South Side with his wife and two sons.

Fun Fact: When he was younger, Wendell filled a out a Playboy subscription order form but had the bill sent to Oprah Winfrey's studio at 190 N. State. He later received the magazine and a card stating, "Enjoy!" with her signature "O" written underneath it.

South Chicago & East Side »

April 18, 2014

Anti-Violence March and Prayer Service Set for Saturday in South Chicago

County Commissioner Stanley Moore and Ald. John Pope will speak at the anti-violence prayer service.

Bronzeville & Washington Park »

April 18, 2014

New Jobs Website Created For Low-Income Residents Only

The Chicago Housing Authority was required by a federal mandate to create a new jobs website.  

Englewood, Auburn Gresham & Chatham »

April 17, 2014

Salaam Restaurant's Fate Remains Uncertain

Residents said the Nation of Islam-run eatery has been closed for two months.

Englewood, Auburn Gresham & Chatham »

April 15, 2014

Fight to Halt Walter Gresham School Turnaround Gets Boost from Rainbow PUSH

Jonathan Jackson, a spokesman for his dad's group, said the district shouldn't overhaul Gresham.

Englewood, Auburn Gresham & Chatham »

April 15, 2014

'Living in Color' Storytelling Series Kicks Off in Englewood

Englewood resident Sonya Harper will moderate a storytelling event Thursday at Kusanya Cafe.  

Englewood, Auburn Gresham & Chatham »

April 14, 2014

Norfolk Southern Corp. Donates $10K to Englewood Park, $25k to CPS

As a way of givng back to Englewood, Norfolk Southern will help fund after school activities.

Pilsen, Little Village, Near West Side »

April 11, 2014

City Police Officer Running for Mayor Says He'd Fire McCarthy, Byrd-Bennett

Frederick Collins, a 21-year veteran in the Near West District, plans to announce his candidacy Sunday.

Englewood, Auburn Gresham & Chatham »

April 10, 2014

Mentors Help High School Students Work to Boost Grades

Diploma Now volunteers met with students at Gage Park High School and John Hope College Prep this week.