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The number of victims of Chicago’s gun violence may fluctuate, but the psychological trauma in many neighborhoods is constant. How do wounded communities heal? In FIRSTHAND: Gun Violence, WTTW explores the personal, firsthand perspectives of people whose lives have been affected by gun violence in Chicago. The elements of this year-long initiative include:

Community Engagement Partners

Heartland Alliance, the coordinating agency and employer of record for READI Chicago

Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P), convened by Metropolitan Family Services

Major support for FIRSTHAND was provided by

The Grainger Foundation
Ann and Rich Carr
Allstate Insurance Company
The Chicago Community Trust
Lew Collens
Denny and Sandy Cummings
The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation
Jim and Kay Mabie
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Marc and Jeanne Malnati Family Foundation
Sonia T. Marschak
Rande and Cary McMillan
Steans Family Foundation
Nicholas Antoine
As of 3/18/20.



Jenny Macchione
Justin Henderson

Justin Henderson
Mike Scipioni
Nate Beversluis
Kevin Crowley

SVP, Marketing & Digital Media
Anne Gleason

Community Engagement/Discussion Guide

Vice President of Community Engagement
Tim Russell

Troy Harden, Ed.D., LCSW
Jasmine Porter-Rallins
L. Anton Seals, MA


Produced and Directed by
Dan Protess

Director of Photography
Cai Thomas
Sam Rong – Reality, India

2nd Unit Director of Photography
Sam Rong - Noemi, Jsaron

Jude Leak – Reality, Julie
Lesley Kubistal – Noemi, Jsaron
Dan Protess – India

Original Score
Allie n Steve Mullen

Additional Camera
Sohib Boundaoui – Julie, Jsaron, India
Sam Rong – Julie
Dan Protess – Julie, Jsaron, India
Joshua Bee Alafia – India

Art Director
Linda Fox

Re-Recording Mixer
Shawn Duffy

Online Editor
Paul Thornton – India

Zadrain Evans

Executive Producer
Anne Gleason


Shelley Spencer

Marc Shaykin

Production EIC
Dave Moyer

Technical Director
Michele Strotman

Jim Mancini
Mike Sweeney

Al Williams

Michael Cox
Charles Evans
Tim Jackson
Tom Siegel

Mark Anderson

Floor Director
Bruce Rehberger

Lighting Director
Tom Godar

Barbara Allen

Art Director
Linda Fox

Event Host/Moderator
Brandis Friedman

Director Production Operation
Derrick Young

Executive Producer
Anne Gleason