Briana Madden

Reporter, Real Chi Youth


Briana is a 25 year-old from the south side of Chicago, who uses she/her/hers pronouns. She graduated from Illinois State University in 2013 with a BA degree in Journalism and a minor in sociology. Before joining Real Chi Youth, she wrote and edited for a number of progressive news organizations, including Reader Supported News and US Uncut.

Through her journalism and social media advocacy, Briana aims to "pass the mic" to tell the stories that are excluded from corporate media. She is the Economic Justice and Gentrification Reporter for Real Chi Youth at Free Spirit Media, which requires a focus on the disparate effects of oppression. She is passionate about accurately reflecting the identities and cultures of all people and exposing their truth, no matter how uncomfortable it may be.

Briana expresses herself creatively through print writing, multi-media storytelling, poetry and dance. She is interested in subjects that include the intersection of identities based on race, gender, sexuality, disability and class. Her hobbies include experiencing live music and devouring novels.