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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...
  • Why I'll never write a book

    Why I'll never write a book
    ‘You should write a book.” Or, “Why don't you write a book?” Or, “Have you ever thought about writing a book?” Are you detecting a theme here? Anyone who writes for a living — anyone that is, with a mother...
  • A look at famous brothers from Chicago

    A look at famous brothers from Chicago
    Long before anybody (besides their parents) was paying attention to Chicago's Emanuel brothers, the city could boast of lots of other siblings who made good — or, at least, made headlines. Chicago can claim brothers of wide-ranging accomplishments...
  • 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,...
  • Real moms tell us their Mother's Day wishes

    The question: What do women want? Specifically, what do they want for Mother's Day? Yes, it's that time again. The one day of the year set aside to honor mom. This year that's Sunday, May 13. Forget it at your peril. I know that some men tell their...
  • OMG, what 2 wear?

    OMG, what  2 wear?
    Back-to-school style this season is all mixed up. Mix lace with leather. Put ballet colors with military khakis. Plaids and stripes. Masculine with feminine. That's the fashion message as girls gear up for another school year. Whether we're picking out...
  • Ward off the indoor cold with style

    It seems insane, or at least counterintuitive. But the hotter it is out there, the more we find ourselves huddling indoors, half frozen, all goose bumps and icy limbs. Don't get me wrong. I love air conditioning. And after my near meltdown at a recent...
  • Children, can you say 'curmudgeon'?

    Children, can you say 'curmudgeon'?
    Pampered children? Out-of-control hair? Bridesmaids' dresses not fit for a public viewing? Deep breaths, everyone. Answer Angel is here to bring order to your chaos. Read on. Dear Answer Angel: What do you think of very young girls getting...
  • Playing peekaboo

    Playing peekaboo
    There are appropriate times and places for a woman to display — even flaunt — her underwear. These are not among those times and places: eating a slab of ribs at a barbecue; trolling the supermarket aisles for some paper towels and a bag of...
  • Add-ons for fall

    Add-ons for fall
    Given the option, every woman wants to look fashionable. I'm not talking about trendy. Trendy is the look that comes, then goes before we can recoup our investment. Fashionable is stylish, polished, modern but definitely not throw-out-everything-in-...
  • Back-busting bags

    Back-busting bags
    You've been bad. Very bad. You know it, and you told me so. You've crammed your purse with way too much "stuff"— you had another more expressive word for it — and now you've got the exhaustion, sore shoulders and aching back to prove it. "Am...