What is The Girl Talk?
The Girl Talk is a monthly show recorded live at The Hideout in Chicago, hosted by DNAinfo’s former Deputy Editor Jen Sabella and Erika Wozniak, an award-winning teacher and activist. Each month, the show tackles a new issue facing our city, state and country by listening to the women who are at the forefront of those movements and doing the work on the ground to make things better.
Shows are $5 to attend, with a portion of each admission price going to a charity or cause of our guests' choosing. See the awesome groups we've worked with here, and give them some money while you're there.
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Who we are
Jen Sabella is a professional tequila drinker, former Deputy Editor and Director of Social Media at DNAinfo Chicago, and co-host of The Girl Talk. A news nerd, Jen has also called newsrooms home at the The Onion, Chicago Sun-Times and The Huffington Post.
The South Side native attended Columbia College Chicago, where she learned to write the news at the Columbia Chronicle before scoring an internship at the now-defunct Venus Zine. She's called seven Chicago neighborhoods home and is the proud mother of three indoor cats. Jen also runs a feral cat colony out of her home because she only surrounds herself with those she can truly trust.
Erika Wozniak is a Chicago Public Schools teacher, activist, commentator on Chicago politics and education, and co-host of The Girl Talk. She is a DePaul University graduate and proud member of the Chicago Teachers Union and serves as a union rep. She also mentors other teachers within the CPS system and is a member of the State Educator and Preparation Licensure Board for the state Board of Education. Her commentaries have been published in the Chicago Tribune. In 2016, Erika won the "Everyday Hero" award from the American Federation of Teachers. She also sits on the Chicago Votes Board of Directors.
Erika lives in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago and is a devoted dog mom to the baddest bitch in town, Miley. Follow Erika on Twitter at @ErikaWozniak.
Joanna Klonsky is a co-producer of The Girl Talk. She is a former journalist who now works as an award-winning media strategist and consultant for progressive, Chicago-based political candidates, organizations and causes. Her reporting was published by CFR.org, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and Newsweek International, among other outlets, before she transitioned into the world of public relations and political strategy. In 2011 she was made a New Leaders Council fellow and is a founder and board member of the Chicago Votes Action Fund. In 2015, Joanna was named Chicago’s “Best Political Flack” by the Chicago Reader. Find her at joannaklonsky.com and follow her on Twitter at @JoannaKlonsky.
Linze is a local paparazzo who we have asked repeatedly to cease from breaking onto The Girl Talk set. Just kidding, she's our photographer, documentarian and website builder. Linze is a journalist, digital specialist, joke-attempter and proud graduate of DNAinfo. Check out more of her work here, and follow her on Twitter at @LinzeRice.