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Adia H. Robinson

Politics Editor at the South Side Weekly, College Media Editor at the University of Chicago

Location icon United States of America

Welcome! Adia is a journalist and social media manager originally from Washington, DC, currently living in Chicago. Her passions include politics, education, and illuminating the ways that these issues affect our lives, with a focus on how they intersect with identity. She has byline coverage of these issues in D.C., Philadelphia, and Chicago. She is a student at the University of Chicago majoring in English and Political Science and will graduate this June. Below is her resume and a brief sampling of her work. Her personal Twitter, where she has covered protests and events in the past, is linked above. For an example of her social media management work please visit For more clips or just to talk, please contact her at [email protected]

UChicago College
Creative Writing Major Unleashes Student Imagination

Last winter, the College announced a new major in Creative Writing-previously available only as a minor-in response to a substantial demand from students. Nearly a quarter in, students and administrators are enthusiastic about the relatively small, but mighty, major. "When the full major came out, I signed up as a knee-jerk reaction," said third year Angela Ma.

South Side Weekly
Opening Closed Schools

Over four years after the school closed, on Saturday afternoon, October 7, the Overton Elementary building temporarily reopened to the public for Opening Closings: Reactivating Closed Chicago Public Schools.

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Black Lives Matter protesters shut down City Hall news conference

A group of Black Lives Matter protesters shut down a news conference to announce a new city anti-litter initiative Monday morning, interrupting a presentation by Mayor Kenney and Council President Darrell L. Clarke in City Hall.

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Rowan R.A.I.S.E. takes high schoolers to med school

On a Tuesday afternoon in the middle of their summer vacation, a group of high school students passed around a recently dissected brain in a lab at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford. "OK, so who has the brain?" Katie Shirley, a second-year medical student, asked the group.

The Philadelphia Inquirer
An East Mount Airy house survives - for now

At a hearing Wednesday, the Zoning Board of Adjustment unexpectedly granted an appeal of a zoning permit from Councilwoman Cherelle L. Parker over a developer's planned demolition of a Mount Airy house. - Adia H. Robinson, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Somber, quiet ceremony for a cop's 99th portrait

Last year, Officer Jonathan "Jonny" Castro, the Philadelphia Police Department's forensic artist, painted a portrait of Sgt. Robert Wilson III, who was killed in March 2015 as he tried to stop a robbery inside a North Philadelphia GameStop store.

UChicago College
No Barriers to Student Success

Last year, the Center for College Student Success (CCSS) opened its doors in Harper Memorial Library, welcoming students as an affirmation of the College's commitment to support underrepresented students on campus. The office stemmed from the College's desire to expand the resources of the Chicago Academic Achievement Program (CAAP).

South Side Weekly
South Side Sisterhood of Writers

On a slightly gray Saturday, I walk up to the Beverly home of Tina Jenkins Bell, the president of For Love of Writing (FLOW), to sit in on an impromptu meeting of the group's core members. Chirskira Caillouet, FLOW's vice president, invites me in and offers me food-she tells me that whenever the group meets, there's food.

South Side Weekly
Whose City Colleges?

On March 28, nearly two hundred people convened at Grace Church in the South Loop for a town hall sponsored by the Alliance of City College Unions. At the City Colleges Community Town Hall, union representatives, teachers, faculty, and students spoke out against City Colleges of Chicago's Reinvention Initiative.

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