Edith Brady-Lunny is a veteran, award-winning journalist with experience writing for weekly and daily newspapers and magazines. She currently works as a correspondent for WGLT in Normal, Illinois, covering criminal justice issues.
Edith began her career as a reporter with The DeWitt County Observer, a weekly newspaper in Clinton, Illinois. A collaboration between the small-town paper and the Chicago Daily News on allegations of abuse against a county sheriff drew the attention of Time Magazine and earned the two papers numerous awards, including the Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago Headline Club and the Joseph P. McGuire Award from the ACLU. She also has worked as a reporter for The San Clemente (California) Sun-Post and the Midland (Michigan) Daily News.
Edith’s work also has appeared in Orange County Illustrated, Orange Coast Magazine, Illinois Magazine and Illinois Times.
From 2007 to 2019, Edith covered crime and legal issues for The Pantagraph, a daily newspaper in Bloomington, Illinois. She previously worked as a correspondent for The Pantagraph covering courts and local government issues in central Illinois.
Edith’s work has been nationally recognized by Mental Health America for her extensive coverage of mental health issues in the criminal justice system. She also has received numerous awards from the Associated Press and Illinois Press Association, including the Abraham Lincoln Media Award for legal writing.
Edith is a journalism fellow at the Center on Crime, Media and Justice, John Jay College in New York. Her work with the center includes projects on juvenile justice, mental health and re-entry issues for incarcerated individuals. Her work has been published online on The Crime Report and distributed by The Associated Press.
In addition to her work as a journalist, Edith serves as Media Coordinator for the Extended Media program for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in central Illinois. The program provides the public with photos and audio recordings of court proceedings through rules approved by the Illinois Supreme Court.
In June 2018, Edith was awarded top honors for Illinois and the Central Region of the Daughters of the American Revolution for an essay she authored on Women’s Issues.
Edith was the recognized in April 2020 by the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association with two awards for Best Investigative Work and Best Hard News Feature.
The Unforgiven: the untold story of one woman's search for love and justice
The Unforgiven: the untold story of one woman's search for love and justice, is a true crime book that delves into an unimaginable tragedy, the 2003 drowning deaths of three children in the backseat of their mother's car. Amanda Hamm and her boyfriend Maurice LaGrone were charged with murder but two juries returned very different decisions in separate trials. What happens to Hamm after her release from prison as she begins life with a new family raises more questions than answers about the role race and gender play in America's justice system.