Veteran Chicago journalist Cassandra West has joined Crain’s Chicago Business as an assistant managing editor for news features.
West has been a contributing editor at Crain’s since June 2020, when she became editor of Crain’s Forum, the publication’s monthly series examining the region’s thorniest public policy challenges.
“Under Cassandra’s guidance, the Forum has grown to become one of Crain’s signature features,” said Publisher and Executive Editor Jim Kirk. “Her thoughtful leadership of our writers and designers as well as her in-depth engagement with the complex subjects at the heart of the series have elevated what was already a standout editorial offering. In her new role, we look forward to bringing Cassandra’s insights into all aspects of Crain’s news and feature offerings, from our daily online report to our weekly print publication to our podcast, The Daily Gist.”
West has worked in a variety of roles in Chicago media throughout her career, most recently as a freelance writer and editor for publications and organizations including the Chicago Reporter, the Chicago Community Trust, Built in Chicago, the Chicago Foundation for Women and the Forest Preserve Foundation. She has also been an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.
A graduate of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., West started her journalism career in 1990 as a copy editor and health section editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. In 1994, she crossed over to the Chicago Tribune, where she was a staff writer and an assistant news editor, eventually becoming associate Tempo editor and section editor of WomaNews.