Michelle Zacarias (she/her) is an award-winning journalist currently based out of Oakland. After graduating from the Univ. of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2013 she moved back home to Chicago to launch her journalism career. Michelle is passionate about covering anti-racism movements, queer identities, education, and abolition. She has previously written for Teen Vogue, The Triibe, Latina Mag, People’s World, and more. In 2018 Michelle was awarded the Saul Miller Excellence in Journalism Award for her contributions to the field. In 2019, she was awarded 3rd place ‘Best Profile’ ILCA Media Journalism Award.