Mary Ellen Podmolik is a business reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune who has covered the housing market since July 2008. She previously 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.