Curtis Black has edited Newstips at Community Media Workshop since 1998, bringing attention to undercovered stories from nonprofits and community organizations, connecting journalists with nonprofit sources, and providing early coverage of topics ranging from youth organizing to urban agriculture.
From 1981 to 1986, Curtis edited Haymarket, a local progressive monthly newspaper focused on grassroots activism, and he reported on Chicago politics and communities for the (U.S. weekly) Guardian from 1985 to 1992. His byline has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Defender, Chicago Reader, In These Times, and Time Magazine. He’s freelanced in public relations and newsletters for cultural, educational, and labor organizations, proofreading for advertising agencies, and copy editing for the University of Chicago Press. He blogs at Huffington Post.
He also plays trumpet with his own jazz group – he’s led a weekly jam session in Hyde Park for 20 years – and has worked with bands playing salsa and West African high-life. He was a steward for Teamsters Local 743 for five years.