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Ellen Warren

Ellen Warren
Chicago Tribune senior correspondent Ellen Warren has been a local, national political, congressional, supreme court, foreign and war correspondent. She's also been a feature writer, metro and features columnist and the first woman legman for the late, great Chicago columnist Mike Royko.

She 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 bootcamp for reporters known for its slogan, "If your mother says she loves you, check it out."

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Chicago Tribune senior correspondent Ellen Warren has been a local, national political, congressional, supreme court, foreign and war correspondent. She's also been a feature writer, metro and features columnist and the first woman legman for the late, great Chicago columnist Mike Royko.

She 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 bootcamp 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 President George W. Bush ever told, "F--- you!" To be fair, it should be noted that this happened before he became president. But that's another story.

Warren's husband, Wade Nelson, is a Chicago communications consultant. They have two sons, Ted and Emmett Nelson, and two dogs, Dash and Jelly Roll Warren.
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  • Fashion roundup: 'Fashionable Selby' by Todd Selby and more

    Fashion roundup: 'Fashionable Selby' by Todd Selby and more
    Here are three books for all of you fashionistas out there. Fashionable Selby by Todd Selby, Abrams, 348 pages, $35 Are you the nosy type? Someone who loves to see how other people live? Can't get enough of the photos of celebrities' closets and...
  • Authors R-Z

    Nathan Rabin Nathan Rabin is the head writer for The A.V. Club. His books include “The Big Rewind” and “My Year of Flops.” He also collaborated on “Weird Al: The Book.” He has written for the Wall Street Journal,...
  • Skip the gym membership, get the pedometer

    Skip the gym membership, get the pedometer
    If you need a reminder to think twice about investing in an exercise bike or a treadmill, it's right there, sitting out on someone's lawn or driveway with a big "For Sale" sign on it. Yes, it's yard sale season and the time of year when harsh reality...
  • Don't underestimate the buddy system

    Don't underestimate the buddy system
    For most of us, diet and exercise are no fun. They are, in fact, the total opposite of anything that could remotely be construed as fun. But misery loves company. That's why one of the best ways to force ourselves to stick to a healthy eating or...
  • Resist temptation with all your (muscle) might

    Resist temptation with all your (muscle) might
    You're at the takeout or Starbucks hankering for a tasty snack. That double chocolate brownie sure looks good (410 calories; 24 grams of fat), but you know you should chose the apple (52 calories, 0.4 grams of fat). Here's a suggestion: Make a fist...
  • A stiff whiff can cut your raving craving

    A stiff whiff can cut your raving craving
    Of course smell is important when it comes to eating. When we walk into a movie theater, our sense of smell is why we're instantly dying for some popcorn — preferably drenched in butter. It's why Cinnabons are so hard to resist as their seductive...
  • Freshmen, ditch the iron! And other dorm tips from recent grads

    Freshmen, ditch the iron! And other dorm tips from recent grads
    College-bound freshmen are bombarded with checklists — from their schools, big retailers, bloggers and websites — detailing the many many things they'll need when they move into the dorm. But you don't actually believe you need all the stuff,...
  • Eating breakfast to stay slim

    Eating breakfast to stay slim
    When the diet expert told me, "Start eating," she totally had my attention. Unfortunately, her next word was "breakfast." Breakfast time is the only time I'm not hungry, so why would I want to eat then? Studies show that fewer Americans are eating when...
  • Exercise: Do what you can do, not what you can't

    Exercise: Do what you can do, not what you can't
    It's not always easy to follow that classic advice, "Stand on your own two feet." That's where Mike Alalof comes in. He's a 58-year-old bodybuilder and former prizefighter. And he says you can get a great workout by sitting down. "My big shtick is...
  • On hats, and other wintertime wardrobe worries

    On hats, and other wintertime wardrobe worries
    Winter in Chicago brings head to toe misery. From hats to boot you've got questions. I've got answers. But if it's the weather that's giving you a problem, you'll need the intervention of someone higher up the chain of command than just a mere angel....
  • Work wardrobes that won't break the bank

    Work wardrobes that won't break the bank
    Your clothes (and your legs) are letting you down? No problem. You've got questions … I've got answers. Dear Answer Angel: I've built a work wardrobe over the years and need to update it. I work out of my home, so everyday outfits are casual. For...