Olivia Obineme

Olivia Obineme (she/they) joined the BGA in October 2020 as manager of partnerships and local content at BGA. In this post, she advances the BGA's commitment to increasing coverage for communities in Chicago and throughout Illinois that are disproportionately affected by income and wealth disparities.

With her freelance visual journalism and product management background, Obineme will help conceptualize a broad range of innovative civic and journalistic production. She will work with all BGA departments to authentically ensure communities’ stories, voices and views are represented in governmental decisions.

Previously, Obineme was the first-ever product manager at The Chicago Reporter. She focused on the inner and outer workings of the storytelling process to produce better journalism experiences for the TCR team and the audiences they served. She has also previously worked in newsrooms, including KQED, South Side Weekly, WBAL-TV 11 News, and Baltimore magazine. She has contributed visual or written works to ESPN's The Undefeated, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Vogue.com, Complex, Vox's Eater, The Triibe, Chicago Reader, Mic.com, The Guardian, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and more.

She is a two-time Poynter fellow, the latest in the Women's Leadership Academy in September 2020. She shares a 2019 Peter Lisagor Award for the South Side Weekly's May 2019 print publication of The Robeson Issue, a look back, one year later, at the now-replaced Robeson High School in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood.

The Baltimore, MD native holds a B.S. in journalism and new media from Towson University and an M.S. in Media Innovation and Entrepreneurship from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

She appreciates good scheming for intentionally inclusive and equitable newsrooms, fearlessly championing “soft” skills and supporting the industry's sustainability through empathetic and audience-focused implementations. Obineme is a proud Nigerian-American who loves her f(r)amily, her mother's cooking, plants, coziness and natural light.