Jen Sabella is a writer, editor and social media strategist living in Chicago. She is currently a Senior Editor at DNAinfo.com Chicago, which she helped launch in 2012. At DNA, she hired a staff of more than 20 reporters and trained them on everything from basic crime reporting to headline writing and best practices for social media. The super local site with a funny name now boasts more than 2 million visitors a month, an award-winning staff and a social media presence that continues to grow.
In 2012 and 2013, Jen spearheaded “Murder in Chicago: The Human Toll,” an interactive timeline of Chicago’s murder victims. Instead of the typical “man shot on street” narrative, the project told the stories of the victims, introduced our audience to their families and put a human face on coverage of Chicago violence. The project won an EPPY award for Best Investigative/Enterprise Feature.
Jen was named one of the 10 Most Powerful Women in Chicago Journalism by esteemed media writer Robert Feder and the Windy City Times named her one of Chicago’s LGBTQ “30 Under 30” in 2013.
Before joining DNAinfo, Jen was the Chicago Editor for The Huffington Post and a breaking news reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times.