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Kayla Martinez

Reporter kmartnz4@illinois.edu

Kayla Martinez is a general assignment reporting intern at DNAinfo. Born in Chicago and raised in the Northwest neighborhood of Hermosa, she now attends the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Journalism and Communications. In Champaign, she writes and copy edits for the Features section of The Daily Illini and for Champaign’s alternative radio station, WPGU 107.1.

Fun Fact: In high school, Kayla became the news editor for the school paper and swore that she could never do journalism in real life. Her freshman year of college, she took the introductory course and said she could never do anything else.

South Chicago & East Side »

August 18, 2017

It took about 15 minutes and three methods before the cat was freed in South Chicago.

Englewood, Auburn Gresham & Chatham »

August 14, 2017

Don Williams, 36, was charged with selling marijuana at A&J Food Market at 342 W. 75th St.

Midway, Chicago Lawn & Ashburn »

August 11, 2017

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014.

Bronzeville & Washington Park »

August 11, 2017

One of the thieves, a 14-year-old boy, has been arrested.

South Chicago & East Side »

August 11, 2017

One of the raccoons apparently killed a neighbor's cat in South Chicago. 

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

August 8, 2017

Here's how local soccer organizations can apply for $1,000 grants to support registration fees and more.

Back of the Yards & Brighton Park »

August 4, 2017

The robbers entered stores with a gun and demanded money from the cash register.

Midway, Chicago Lawn & Ashburn »

August 4, 2017

The burglars broke in to the garage through the side door.