Nissa Rhee is an award-winning independent journalist who lives in Chicago. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and radio outlets, including The Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Reader and Radio Netherlands Worldwide.
Nissa is the staff writer for 70 Million, an innovative documentary podcast about criminal justice reform. The podcast chronicles the toxic impact of local jails on people and communities across the country, and what neighbors and local leaders are doing about it. The podcast was the 2019 Bronze Award winner in the Narrative/Documentary Podcast category of the New York Festivals Radio Awards.
Nissa also serves as the executive director of Borderless Magazine, a journalism nonprofit that tells stories of immigration through print, photography, audio and videos. The Chicago Headline Club, the largest Society of Professional Journalists chapter in the country, named it the “Best Start-Up” of 2017.
She previously served as a Juvenile Justice Reporting Fellow at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a three-time Reporting Fellow at City Bureau in Chicago. From 2017 to 2018, she served as a Gun Violence Reporting Fellow at Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
Nissa’s six-month investigation into the life expectancy gap in Chicago was recognized as the Best Online Feature story of 2018 by the Chicago Headline Club. Her cover story on Englewood was named one of the best stories about gun violence of 2018 by The Trace. She is also the recipient of a Peter Lisagor award for “Best In-depth Reporting in a Community Newspaper” for her coverage of lead poisoning.
Before covering criminal justice, Nissa worked as an editor at JoongAng Daily in Korea and as a producer at Chicago Public Radio. Her work as a foreign correspondent in South Korea earned her a 2011-2013 Rotary Peace Fellowship at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
Nissa is frequently interviewed about her reporting on the radio and in print, and she is available for speaking engagements.
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