Sonya Eldridge, reporter
Sonya joined The Gate in August 2013. Before joining the newspaper, Sonya was a program manager for a community organization in Hyde Park whose main focus is community-capacity building, organizing and business district improvement initiatives in the Woodlawn, Washington Park, Oakland, Kenwood and Hyde Park. Sonya has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, also from UIC. She is particularly interested in covering stories that inspire people to take action in their own communities.
Sonya came to Chicago in 2002 from a small, western Illinois town surrounded by cornfields along the Mississippi River. She lives in Pilsen with her husband, Eric and their feisty little Chihuahua, Xavi.
Sonya’s other responsibilities at The Gate include copyediting, ad sales and web content management.
Monica Reynoso, Spanish translator/ Ads Designer
Before joining The Gate Newspaper as the official translator and graphic designer, Monica was a community activist in support of immigration reform, driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants and the Big Box Living Wage ordinance.
Monica grew up in Back of the Yards. For seven years, she was a member of the St. Joseph Church choir. Monica is also a translator for The Chicago Reporter and Catalyst-Chicago.
Monica’s other responsibilities at The Gate include web content management and ad sales.