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Adrienne Drell

Journalist
retired Chicago Sun Times
Adrienne Drell is an award winning reporter who worked for nearly three decades for the Waukegan news-Sun and the Chicago Sun Times. She covered the federal courts, legal affairs and special projects. An investigative series about an ersatz minister who forced young sailors to leave the Navy, turn over their money to him and then seduced them won many awards and resulted in a 14-year lawsuit against Drell and the newspaper. The suit never went to trial, but as a result of Drell's stories, the minister was convicted of sexually assaulting minors and sent to prison for 30 years. He died there. After leaving the Sun-Times, Drell was an assistant professor at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She is currently doing freelance writing for the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and working on programs for people with cognitive difficulties She is a former JAWS board member.