Jessi Roti is a music and culture journalist from Chicago, Illinois, and columnist for Audiofemme. After three years at Chicago Tribune, covering music and lifestyles, she began freelancing in 2020. A finalist for Best Music Coverage at the 2019 Lisagor Awards, her work can be read in Chicago Reader, The Triibe, Illinois Entertainer, Thrillist, Condé Nast Traveler and more. Previously, she was part of the team behind Chicago-centric music blog Local Loop. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Gender & Women’s Studies. She enjoys nonfiction writing, reading, cooking and rock ‘n’ roll.