Natalie Stevens

Editor | Writer | Community/Media Relations | Social Media

Location icon United States of America

I am the former local Editor of the Oswego Patch and Yorkville Patch, released during a restructure between AOL and Hale Global.

Currently I am a freelancer for the Oswego/Aurora area. I cover a variety of topics including human interest stories, business, school and local government.

I am seeking a future job in the public relations / community relations field, so if you have any leads I would more than appreciate them!

Oswego Man's Search for Birth Mother Comes With a Joyful Ending

An amendment to the Illinois Adoption Act recently reunited one Oswego man with the mother he never knew. Matt Fyda never knew his birth mother. The 31-year-old Oswego man was given up for adoption shortly after he was born in 1980 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

Neighbor: Schmitt 'A Really Nice Guy;' Son 'A Cute Kid'

Kendall County coroner calls case one of the most difficult he's handled. OUTSIDE CHICAGO -- A neighbor of the man who was found dead in his garage along with his 4-year-old son said Thursday afternoon he was a "really nice guy." "It was a complete shock to everybody," said neighbor Andrew Meyer, 18.

Eighth-Grade Hero Saves Boy From Drowning in Icy Pond

"I just kept thinking to myself, he's going to fall in, he's going to fall in," Boy Scout recalls. "And then he fell in." Eighth-grader Zac Thomas doesn't always pick his younger brother up from school at Fox Chase Elementary. But on Jan.

Oswego High Schools Changing Class Load to Include Instructional Support

Parents and students spoke at length at the Monday night board meeting against the change, which will go into effect for the 2013-2014 school year. Starting in the 2013-2014 school year, students at the Oswego high schools will be required to take six classes instead of the seven classes offered this year.

Oswego Resident Changing Lives One Tattoo at a Time

Chris Baker, founder of INK 180, provides free cover-up tattoos to sex trafficking victims and old gang members. There's normally a story behind a tattoo. If that's the case, then Oswego resident and tattoo artist Chris Baker has seen a whole lot of stories and helped to write hundreds of new chapters.