It’s been months in the making. I’ve been putting together a wish list of names, and now it’s finally happening. As a journalist, storytelling is a natural desire of mine that constantly needs to be nurtured. It’s a passion that drives my sense of fulfillment.
That’s why I am very excited to announce my new venture, a web series called Heavy Hitters. It’s all about movers and shakers. People we all know or have heard about. They are headline newsmakers, politicians, successful business people, sports figures, chefs and celebrities. We know their faces, we’ve heard their names, but how much do we really know about them?
That’s the idea behind Heavy Hitters. I’ll be profiling a different person every month. So instead of just reading or hearing about these people, we are letting them tell you their story.
My first interview is with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. Alvarez has been well known as a tough prosecutor who eventually was elected to become the first Latina and first female in the second largest prosecutor’s office in the nation. It was a dream come true for someone who had spent her entire career working as an assistant state’s attorney.
She was elected to that office twice but lost the last election. Voters turned against her after a video was released that showed a white officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. The public was outraged that she hadn’t filed charges against the police officer earlier. There were cries of a cover up between her office, the Chicago Police Department and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
Alvarez said yes to a sit down interview with me. Her first since she lost the March primary to her Democratic opponent Kim Foxx. I could tell she was a little nervous to do the interview but clearly wanted her side of the story told. In it, you will hear her talk about how she felt the mayor’s office used her as a scapegoat. At one point, she gets emotional talking about leaving office in December. But the most compelling video is one she shared with us of her 17-year old daughter, getting in front of her entire school and talking about how this experience personally affected her. It was part of a poetry slam contest she won, and it’s very powerful to watch.
I’ll be on NBC5 Monday August 1st at 11am to talk about the interview.
You can see the video here on my website Monday August 1st. Was she used as a scapegoat, and treated unfairly? You be the judge.
Finally, if there is any “Heavy Hitter” you would like to know more about, let us know and maybe we will profile them in the upcoming months.