Hilary Gowins | Director of Content Strategy

Writer. Content strategist. Award-winning reporter. Likes cats and basketball.


Hilary Gowins is the director of content strategy for the Illinois Policy Institute. Hilary also writes about a broad range of topics including Chicago food truck and food cart laws, criminal justice reform, and budget and tax issues.

Hilary has received two Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club, as well as a PR News Award for her writing.

Before joining the Institute, Hilary was a reporter at the Northwest Herald, where she covered local government and wrote enterprise stories focusing on politics at the state level. During her time at the Northwest Herald, she was awarded an Illinois Press Association award for feature writing, and many of her stories were also featured in the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune.

Hilary earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Kenyon College and her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.