People to Pitch: Dawn Turner Trice

People to Pitch
Dawn Turner Trice, Chicago Tribune Columnist

A recovering skinhead transformed by prison heading a multiracial youth group.  An African-American man seeking to improve the lives of black youth by 2025.  A pre-med student switches to make a difference in a classroom.

These are a few of the lives Dawn Turner Trice has profiled in her twice-weekly column at the Chicago Tribune.  While many of the persons she has chronicled are not connected to a nonprofit, she says issues and the work they are doing are can be a component of their stories.

“It’s what feels right in the moment. There are so many components for me that a story has to have,” says Trice.  “When I’m writing I start with the person and try to tell this issues as a part of the person.”

While Trice’s column focuses on people, she say she does like writing about nonprofits because of “the incredible work” she sees them doing, yet acknowledges it can be a challenge in profiling agencies in her column.

“[The column] is about people who are tackling issues and sometimes I construct issues wrapped around a person,” she says.

She suggests nonprofit communicators looking to pitch to her consider a person who is symbolic of their agency.

To pitch a story to Trice, it would be best to do it via email with “Column idea” in the subject line. Emails should provide a succinct idea of the person whose story you are pitching.

To contact Trice by email: or at Dawn Turner Trice on Facebook.

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