Ariel is a reporter with Block Club Chicago covering the far Northwest Side. She previously was a freelance journalist who wrote for the Chicago Reader, WTTW News, Streetsblog Chicago, Eater Chicago has been published in Insider, Chicago Tribune, Latino USA, Univision Chicago, Curbed, Newcity and more. Originally from New Mexico and a first-generation Italian-American, her reporting focuses on communities, social justice, arts and culture, immigration, equity, food and more. She attended Columbia College and graduated with a bachelor's degree in multimedia journalism. Outside of journalism, she loves to bike, cook, read and say hello to other people's dogs.