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Derrick Clifton 


I'm a weekly columnist writing about identity and culture. I’m a born-and-bred Chicagoan, a queer person of color, and a critical fan of the city I’ve called home for most of my life. I began writing for the Reader in 2015, following key revelations in local police-involved shooting deaths. My op-eds for the Reader have received industry recognition, including the 2016 National Association of Black Journalists Award for Newspaper Commentary.

I’m twice the Northwestern University alum, otherwise known as the “double dip.” I graduated in 2012 with a B.Sc. in communication studies, with concentrations in political science and gender studies—and juggled pizza and late-night gym sessions while staffing the opinion-editorial desk of The Daily Northwestern. In 2016, I earned a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism. My writing has also appeared at NBC BLK, the Guardian, Quartz, Windy City Times, Mic, Everyday Feminism, and a number of digital publications. I’ve also enjoyed addressing national conferences, and appearing on various television and radio networks to discuss issues of the day.

Feel free to hit me up or help me swat away trolls on Twitter, @DerrickClifton, or follow me on Facebook.