As the Investigative Unit Intern at WBBM CBS 2 in Chicago I worked 25 – 30 hours per week at the station’s offices while maintaining a full course load. I primarily worked with Pam Zekman and Dorothy Tucker, two of the channel’s main investigative correspondents, and their respective producers.
I worked a wide range of stories on topics including fraudulent stem cell treatments and reporting of on-campus sexual assault by universities. I spent much of my time on a project aiming to prove the existence of at least one active serial killer in Chicago via data analysis of unsolved homicides. For this project I conducted extensive research and combed through police reports and medical records of women murdered around the city to find similarities in the victims and how bodies were disposed.
During my internship I ran the CBS Chicago tip line, which received approximately 20 tips per day, and conducted preliminary interviews and helped make editorial decisions about which tips to pursue. Many of the tips were related to consumer scams, the Chicago Police Department, lack of responsiveness by local officials, or issues of domestic violence.
I also helped monitor the Van Dyke trial, covered Governor Bruce Rauner’s election night party, and attended hearings and shoots around Chicagoland.