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The Chicago Defender is multi-media content provider of news, information and events that cover the interests of the urban African American community with culturally relevant content not regularly serviced by mainstream media. Founded in 1905,The Chicago Defender celebrated its 115th Anniversary in 2020 and the evolution being recognized nationally as the 2nd most widely read and best African-American Newspaper by Nielson and Essence Survey 2014.In July 2019, The Chicago Defender transitioned from a printed newspaper into a digitally-focused content platform dedicated to online editorial, premiere events, custom publishing and archival merchandising. Every day, we distribute news and information via multiple platforms.

Leaders and readers nation-wide look to the Chicago Defender to stay informed about issues that impact their lives. As the voice of the community for more than eleven decades, we take great pride in having access to the grassroots community as well as connections and established relationships with influencers and opinion leaders. We stay abreast of the pulse of the neighborhoods. Our readers trust us. They trust that The Chicago Defender will portray the good news and the bad in a fair and balanced manner.

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