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Molly Parker

Investigative Reporter | Capitol News Illinois

Veteran journalist Molly Parker joined Capitol News Illinois in July 2023 as an investigative reporter. Her hiring further expands the news organization’s presence in southern Illinois.

Parker joins the news organization to bolster its investigative team. Most recently, she was a member of the Lee Enterprises Midwest Public Service Journalism team. Prior to accepting that position last year, she was a reporter at the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale since 2014. In that role, Parker exposed a housing crisis in Cairo, the state’s southernmost city, that resulted in a federal takeover of the county’s housing authority and the relocation of about 400 people from two dilapidated, WWII-era apartment complexes.

Parker is also an assistant professor of journalism at Southern Illinois University and a distinguished fellow with ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network, which creates partnerships between nonprofit and local newsrooms.

“I’ve watched Capitol News Illinois grow over a few short years into a preeminent media wire service that gives readers a critical view inside the state Capitol,” Parker said. “It’s proven itself capable of deeply reported investigative reporting that holds government officials to account. It understands the importance of revealing how government decisions made under the dome are playing out in cities and towns from Chicago to Cairo. The news team isn’t flashy. It’s small but tough and committed to truth and fairness – as a news outlet should be.”

Parker lives and works in Murphysboro. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.