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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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  • 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...
  • Start small to build nutrition habits that stick

    Start small to build nutrition habits that stick
    Where do you start? You see yourself in the mirror and know you should do something about how you look and feel. But, how to begin? "People need to work on the easy things first," says Susan Bowerman, assistant director of University of California at...
  • 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....
  • Gradual hair change requires patience, cash

    Gradual hair change requires patience, cash
    You've got questions, but fear not. Answer Angel's got you covered from head to toe! Dear Answer Angel: I've let myself go gray naturally and completely. But now, I want to go back to being a brunette without making a radical (too obvious) transition....
  • In search of the perfect black pants

    In search of the perfect black pants
    They're the BFF of our wardrobe. The first thing we grab when we need to look presentable but don't want to think hard about it: our go-to pants. It doesn't matter if we're male or female, young or old, a pair of dark trousers is the one thing we all...
  • Beauty potion breakdown: No hocus-pocus

    Beauty potion breakdown: No hocus-pocus
    My mailbox is brimming with your questions about beauty potions! Answer Angel is here for you with makeup, hair, scent solutions and more. Dear Answer Angel: I have been a loyal trooper in the Answer Angel brigade ever since you wrote that valuable...
  • Made over: From college to career path

    Made over: From college to career path
    In today's rotten economy, college kids in their sweatshirts and yoga pants need all the help they can get to nail a job or an internship. For suggestions on going from slob to sleek, I talked to stylists and job experts, then collected firsthand tips...
  • 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...
  • The bottom line: Shorts are too short

    The bottom line: Shorts are too short
    A popular '50s rock 'n' roll song asked, "Who wears short shorts?" The answer today? A lot of people who shouldn't. And stores everywhere are accessories to that fashion crime. I've heard women young and old complain that the only shorts they can find...
  • Is the heat melting your fashion sense?

    Is the heat melting your fashion sense?
    We've all been there. We're walking around, minding own business and then — ewwww. Right there, causing our eyes to bleed, is Exhibit A of what not to wear. And we're asking ourselves, "What was she (or he) thinking?" The vast majority of us...