My Town, Chi-Town

The Data Reporting Lab collaborated with Reveal, the public radio program for the Center for Investigative Reporting, to explore how Chicago’s trauma care system has profoundly affected the city’s homicide rate.

In this broadcast initially aired on Feb. 24, 2018, we discovered that although authorities count violent crimes and homicides each year, they don’t track the number of people who survive shootings. Based on the data we collected, a different picture emerges: Chicago owes its drop in gun deaths to better medical care, not different approaches to policing.