Maria is a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago, where she was photo editor for the student newspaper, The Columbia Chronicle, for over a year. She was also a photojournalist for The Chicago Sun-Times and has been a photographer for City Bureau Chicago. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times and The Chicago Reader. Maria will be an intern at Minnesota Public Radio for the summer. She is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.
New York’s Cabaret Law, passed during Prohibition in 1926, prohibits dancing in locations without a cabaret license. Out of over 25,000 bars and restaurants, only about 100 have licenses, many of which were distributed almost 100 years ago.