Pascal is a multimedia journalist from the south side of Chicago. He was previously the Environmental Health & Wellness Editor for the Real Chi, a west side local news lab with a mission of providing equitable, accountable news coverage for Chicago communities misrepresented by traditional media narratives. As part of his City Bureau Reporting Fellowship, Pascal reported on the impact of Section 8 vouchers on affordable housing in the Englewood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Before returning to his hometown, Pascal worked as an editor for international business publications in Turkey, the UAE, Oman, and Indonesia. Pascal is a 2015 graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, CA.
Block Club Chicago is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization dedicated to covering Chicago’s neighborhoods. The news organization’s mission is to cover the city through a truly block-level lens that encourages people to get involved at a local level — whether that’s through campaigning for a local school council seat or trying a family-owned restaurant instead of the new Olive Garden. Block Clubs seeks to build community through ground-level reporting of the city’s neighborhoods. Six full-time reporters are embedded in the communities they cover, which allows them to form lasting connections to the neighborhoods that don’t exist when reporters parachute in for a story. Currently, daily coverage is focused in clusters of neighborhoods throughout Chicago, including: Wicker Park, Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Back of the Yards, Little Village, Englewood, Chatham, Lincoln Square, Irving Park, the South Loop and parts of Downtown.
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