Kelly Virella is deputy editor at City Limits. Prior to that, she was a staff reporter at The Chicago Reporter, a freelance writer and editor, and a member of Northwestern University's Academy for Alternative Journalism in 2007. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Reader, theSt. Petersburg Times, Urban Ecology, City Limits and AlterNet. She also authored a chapter in the book Prison Nation: The Warehousing of America's Poor.