Mary Ellen Podmolik is associate managing editor/business for the Chicago Tribune. She previously was the deputy business editor and a reporter covering the housing market. She also has worked for the Chicago Sun-Times and Southtown Economist and was a contributor to Crain’s Chicago Business and cnbc.com. She got her start in journalism at the Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune. Since covering the real estate market, she’s developed a tiny obsession for “reality” TV shows related to housing.