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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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Top Barbara Brotman Articles

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  • 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...
  • Ponds: Where science and serenity meet

    Dragonflies flitting over a quiet pond in the midday heat. A classic rural scene of summer, no? Actually, no. Classic, yes, but not just rural. The city and its environs have plenty of ponds, or pond equivalents, with the attendant dragonflies and...
  • Top 5 hikes in the Chicago area

    What better way to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, the American Hiking Society's annual celebration of the country's trails, than to go out on one? Here are my top picks for a nice hike, by category: Solitude Beverly Lake/Spring Creek...
  • 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...
  • Check out these historic forest preserve structures built by the CCC

    The dismal economy has me thinking a cheerful outdoors thought: Bring back the CCC!The Civilian Conservation Corps was the silver lining of the dark cloud that was the Great Depression. Nicknamed "Roosevelt's Tree Army," it did double duty of...
  • Lose yourself in isolated Visitation Prairie

    Nothing beats a good walk in the woods. You get the restorative contentment of cherishing nature. You get a good walk. And you get away from crowds in a way that only your feet -- which can navigate the narrowest trails and the thickest thickets -- can...
  • Explore nature as a work in progress at Midewin

    With summer still splendid, and all the more precious as it wanes, it's time for a big outing to a big wilderness. Things don't get much bigger than the 18,000-acre Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, so my friend Joanna and I headed down to the former...
  • 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...
  • Cure those fall blahs with a color paddle down the Kish

    The secret to a fall color paddling trip is flexibility and preparation. Flexibility, because you have to be ready to drop everything for a perfect day. Which, for a fall canoe trip, means a day at the peak of the color season but unseasonably warm and...
  • 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...
  • 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...