Nicole Sroka

Nicole Sroka is a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she is studying criminology, law and justice and communication. A native Chicagoan, Sroka analyzed the city’s homicide rate and created a data visualization on the opioid epidemic in Illinois for The Red Line Project. Sroka’s story “Concentrated Poverty and Criminality” about homicide rates earned her a first-place award in the 2019 regional Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards for best use of multimedia. Sroka was also a national finalist in its online category. A digital and visual artist, she strives to incorporate visuals into data-driven stories.