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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,...
  • 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,...
  • Exercise can keep you from losing your mind

    Exercise can keep you from losing your mind
    It's not news that we should exercise. We know it, but we don't do it. It's hard to get started and harder still to keep at it. It's so easy to come up with excuses. But Harvard psychiatrist Dr. John Ratey thinks he has the nudge you need to get moving....
  • 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...
  • Don't resist the resistance band

    Don't resist the resistance band
    Exercise is great — when it's over. For many of us, the very best part of the workout is when we're in the shower, done with it and can move on to something more enjoyable. Move on, that is until tomorrow when we wake up and immediately start...
  • 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...
  • The keys to maintaining your weight loss

    The keys to maintaining your weight loss
    Some good news on the weight-loss front. Even if you've been a total flop before — regaining all the weight you lost and 10 pounds on top of that — you can be a dieting success. "There's hope for all those people who have tried to lose weight...
  • Can you spare 15 minutes, three times a week?

    Can you spare 15 minutes, three times a week?
    "Maybe you love to eat but hate to exercise," Jim Karas proposes. For most of us, that about sums it up. Karas wants to help you get over the exercise part of that equation. "The biggest hurdle you will ever face in losing weight isn't sticking to a...