We All We Got - Panelist Bios

Alex Kotlowitz is the award-winning author of three books and producer of the documentary The Interrupters. His work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker as well as on public radio's This American Life.

Luke Anderson has worked in urban education in Chicago for the past 9 years. He served as program director for the Chicago office of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship where he coached inner-city business teachers and helped high school students from under resourced communities launch their business plans. For the past 5 years, he has worked as an English teacher at a charter high school serving students from Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. The school uses a college prep curriculum to engage students in school and prepare them for post-secondary success.

Diane Latiker is a mother of eight children. “Ms. Diane” as the children refer to her, is a 24 year resident of the Roseland community on the far south side of Chicago. She founded Kids Off The Block, Inc. (KOB) in her home in July of 2003. Latiker's vision was inspired by her mother, Evangelist Ruth Jackson, who saw that the youth in the neighborhood liked and respected her daughter.  Diane believed that she could make a difference in the community and in the many youth that she came in contact with daily. She encouraged and opened up her home to get these young people off the streets and involved in programs that would benefit them for the rest of their lives. KOB started out with ten neighborhood kids and now has impacted thousands of lives. As director of Kids Off The Block, Inc. Diane is the recipient of many notable public honors and awards including the 2014 Margaret Burroughs Award, the 2014 Chicago Defender Women of Excellence Award, and the 2014 ComEd Neighborhood Hero Award.

Carlos Javier Ortiz is visual artist who works with photography, film and text and specializes in long-term documentaries that focus on urban life, gun violence, race, poverty and marginalized communities. Ortiz collaborates with his subjects by asking them to share their personal narratives and testimonials. His work confronts human suffering while simultaneously illuminating compassion and optimism.

Ortiz has received numerous accolades for his work including the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Photography award for his series Too Young to Die. He is the recipient of many grants from organizations such as the Open Society Foundations, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the California Endowment National Health Journalism Fellowship, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award.  His photographs have been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world such as the International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, N.Y., the Library of Congress in Washington, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum and the permanent collections of the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts.

Carlos Javier Ortiz lives in Chicago and Oakland, Calif.

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