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Barbara Brotman

Barbara Brotman
Barbara Brotman is a writer for the metropolitan news section's special projects team and the paper's Outdoors Adviser columnist.

Her 2006 stories chronicling the finals months of hospice care for a retired Chicago insurance executive won a distinguished writing award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, honorable mention in the National Press Club Awards and a Best Feature award from the Chicago Journalists Association.

She was a columnist and staff writer for the weekly Woman News section from February 1994 to August 2003. From September 2003 to June 2004, she held a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University.

She joined the Tribune in February 1...
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Barbara Brotman is a writer for the metropolitan news section's special projects team and the paper's Outdoors Adviser columnist.

Her 2006 stories chronicling the finals months of hospice care for a retired Chicago insurance executive won a distinguished writing award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, honorable mention in the National Press Club Awards and a Best Feature award from the Chicago Journalists Association.

She was a columnist and staff writer for the weekly Woman News section from February 1994 to August 2003. From September 2003 to June 2004, she held a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University.

She joined the Tribune in February 1978, writing for features sections and the Tempo section. After moving to the metropolitan news section as a general assignment reporter in 1982, she wrote the "About the Town" column for the Tribune from January 1984 until August 1989, for which she won a UPI International Award for Illinois Newspapers for Column Writing and a Peter Lisagor Award for column writing, given by Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists. She then covered the abortion issue from both a local and national perspective. In April 1990 she rejoined the Tempo staff as a feature writer.

She received honorable mention in 2002 from the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, and is also a past recipient of the Chicago Tribune's award for Outstanding Professional Performance, for her evocative writing style and ability to capture the mood and feel of Chicago life and people.

Brotman was born in New York and graduated from Queens College. Brotman, her husband, Chicago Tribune photographer Chuck Berman, and their two daughters live in Oak Park, Ill.
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  • Hockey magic on thin ice

    Hockey magic on thin ice
    Every winter for many years, a patch of Grant Park has undergone a nightly transformation. After the Daley Bicentennial Plaza ice rink closed at 9 p.m., it turned into something that resembled a frozen pond in Canada. Hockey lovers from across the...
  • Ethical carnivores: An urbanite aims for dinner

    Ethical carnivores: An urbanite aims for dinner
    For me, it was all about ethical meat. For years I'd been searching for meat I could feel OK about — in terms of the environment, health and animal welfare. But I never imagined my quest for the most politically correct meat could end with what...
  • Ya Gotta...

     
    Here are the Ya Gottas from today’s Prickly Pair Podcast. Phil Rosenthal -- MediaBurn.org --- "a collection of over 6,000 independent, non-corporate tapes that reflect cultural, political and social reality as seen by independent producers, from 1969 to...
  • Thin Mint business calls for a thick skin

     
    From the archives, an April 3, 2002 column by Barbara Brotman. Well, it's all over except for the eating, although judging by the crumbs on my colleagues' desks, that's over, too. But after a particularly grueling experience of helping my......
  • Finding something new in a well-reported story

    Finding something new in a well-reported story
    Covering a well-covered story like Maggie Daley’s death is particularly challenging. When I went to the funeral Monday and started talking to mourners, I found that many of them had lovely things to say about Mrs. Daley,† but they were things that...
  • Rare plants thrive in North Shore ravines

    Searching for a beautiful and fragile natural habitat for a nice eco-tourism jaunt? If you can't make it to a rain forest, consider the ravines of the North Shore. A defining geological feature of the north suburban lakefront, the ravines do far more...
  • Semi-frozen ponds, mallard ducks and snow: A winter hike through the River Trail Nature Center in Northbrook

    May I suggest the River Trail Nature Center? A helpful fellow suggested it to me at the recent Wild Things conference on the Chicago area's natural habitats and wildlife. He was one of a number of knowledgeable folks who offered to share their favorite...
  • Interested in trees? Try 'urban forestry lite'

    Pam Holy and George Davis headed out of the little slice of butterfly heaven that is the Burnham Nature Sanctuary, Davis holding a pruner and Holy lugging industrial-grade limb loppers in a bucket. Along the trail behind them was evidence of the morning'...
  • Bong Recreation Area, Wayne Woods more than just pun-worthy names

    You've seen the sign on Interstate 94 near Kenosha: Bong Recreation Area.Maybe you've snickered. Maybe you've kept a poker face in an attempt to maintain parental authority as adolescent hilarity erupted from the back seat. Or maybe you have a T-shirt...
  • White water, knuckles in Illinois

    My adventurous group of women friends paddled our raft down the river as swallows swooped low across the water. We heard frogs croak at remarkably high volumes. Then we heard something else: Wildcat Rapids, dead ahead.We watched as another raft went...
  • Seeing the outdoors if you can't, or don't dare to, walk through it

    It was a rough few months recently for your Outdoors Adviser. Injury followed injury followed physical therapy followed reinjury. Caused variously by overuse, underconditioning, clumsiness (it's hard to walk across the Michigan Avenue bridge on a...