The Evanston RoundTable is the community’s leading source of news about local government, schools, civic and artistic activities, and other important issues facing our city. We seek to foster civic engagement and empower people to address complex issues facing our diverse community, promoting a better understanding and appreciation of people of all races, ethnicities, and income levels.
We were founded in 1998, publishing a free, every-other-week newspaper, and we have been online since 2008. From the beginning, the RoundTable has been available at no charge, with the aim of making news available to all residents of Evanston.
Over the years, the RoundTable has developed a strong reputation in the community for its in-depth, objective coverage of Evanston’s city government, schools, social issues, arts and culture, and sports. The paper and its reporters, editors and designers have received nearly 200 journalism awards from journalism associations and local organizations. For a summary of some of the awards, click here.
On April 15, 2020, the RoundTable was incorporated as an Illinois non-for-profit corporation, Evanston RoundTable Media NFP, which took over operations of Evanston RoundTable LLC. In January, 2021, we were granted non-profit status by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3) status, which allows us to receive tax-deductible donations.
We believe a not-for-profit organization will provide a structure to ensure continuity of this valuable community resource, allowing us to pursue and expand our mission of educating the Evanston community.
Board of directors
The RoundTable NFP has a “launch board” that will govern the new organization on a transitional basis. This Board is composed of a small group of people, almost all of whom have worked extensively with the RoundTable LLC in the past. Their past experience will help ensure a smooth transition to non-profit status and the continued operation of the online news site during the transition. Short bios of the board members are available here.
The RoundTable NFP has also formed an Advisory Committee, with the aim of providing input to members of the Board and/or the editorial staff about ways to improve the educational value of the paper and about trends, ideas and important and emerging issues in the community. The Committee also works to further the connections of the paper to the community, and help ensure the paper is addressing issues with a lens on social justice and equity. Nearly 40 people serve on the committee, all of whom have significant ties to Evanston. The members come from a range of cultural and racial backgrounds, and their skills include teaching, attentive listening, problem-solving and consensus-building. Many are current civic leaders; several are current or former educators or journalists; several are former school board members. Some have contributed to the RoundTable over the years. The array of talents, their dedication to their professions, and their commitment to the community of Evanston are consolidated in their support of RoundTable NFP.
One important role of the Advisory Committee is to provide input to members of the Board and/or the editorial staff about ways to improve the educational value of the paper and about trends, ideas and important and emerging issues in the community. The Council will also further the connections of the paper to the community, and help ensure the paper is addressing issues with a lens on social justice and equity.