Chicago Tribune senior correspondent Ellen Warren has been a local, national political, congressional, U.S. Supreme Court, foreign and war correspondent. She pioneered the Tribune's first political blog with her coverage of the 2004 presidential race. She's also been a metro and features columnist and, early in her career, was the first woman legman for the late, great Chicago columnist Mike Royko.
Warren has covered the White House, Chicago City Hall, the Middle East, presidential campaigns since 1976 and opening day at Wrigley Field. She is a member of the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame who started her career as a police reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago. That's the famed boot camp for reporters known for its slogan, "If your mother says she loves you, check it out."
Woody Allen once laughed at her jokes. Actor Jimmy Stewart picked her up off the floor. And she is believed to be the only reporter former President George W. Bush ever told, "F--- you!" To be fair, this happened before he became president. But that's another story.
Warren's husband, Wade Nelson, is chief speechwriter for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. They have two grown sons, Ted and Emmett Nelson.