Bill Chambers, Editor-in-Chief
Bill Chambers is the Editor-in-Chief of The Chicago Monitor and has been a contributor for the last two years. Bill is also a full-time activist with a long history of civil rights, anti-racism, anti-war, Irish Republican, and Palestine solidarity work. As part of his activist work, Bill has traveled extensively to Ireland and Palestine to meet and work with community organizations. Bill has had a long and varied work career as a Mental Health Unit Coordinator of the Adolescent Program at Alexian Brothers Medical Center; Technical Planner at the former Continental Bank in Chicago; and a Technology Strategy Consultant for state and county governments including LA County and the District of Columbia. As a technology strategy consultant, Bill published multiple articles in technology journals and presented at numerous industry conferences for over ten years. Bill has a BA in English from Northwestern University, a MA in English from Tufts University, and Professional Certification in Family Therapy from the Family Institute of Chicago. He is currently pursuing a MA in Islamic Studies at the American Islamic College in Chicago and helping to organize Palestine solidarity events and campaigns.
Hoda Katebi, Assistant Editor
Hoda Katebi is a civil rights activist. She is an honors graduate in both International Studies/Relations and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. Her research focused on the politics of the modern underground fashion movement in Iran and the intersections of feminism, self-fashioning, and nationhood. Hoda is an activist fashion blogger and author and photographer of the book Tehran Streetstyle, the first-ever collection of modern streetstyle photography from Iran. In 2013 she started JooJoo Azad, an online platform focusing on self-representation and narrative reclamation through fashion, writing, and photography; challenging Islamophobia and Orientalism; promoting an ethical and minimalist wardrobe; and celebrating beauty that extends beyond that which is narrowly defined by Western mainstream media. Hoda’s work has been featured across various in-print, online, and television media, internationally.
Ahmed Rehab, Founder/Publisher
Ahmed Rehab is an American Muslim activist and writer with a focus on contemporary social issues including civil rights, media relations, and Islam-West relations. Rehab is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, and CNN.com, his Op-Eds have been published in numerous newspapers around the country, and he has been interviewed numerous times by the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald, the Washington Post, the Orlando Sentinel, the Economist, the Boston Globe, Crain’s Business Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Germany’s Die Zeit, and many more. Rehab is also a frequent guest on TV and cable news networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, BBC, as well as on radio stations. His commentaries can be heard on Chicago Public Radio. Rehab is active on the national speaking circuit, he has spoken at organizations and University campuses in Chicago and around the United States, as well as in Europe, Australia, Egypt, and Kenya.