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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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  • Not cool with hot pants

    Not cool with hot pants
    Even the name is offensive: Hot Pants. Really? When the weather warms up, something crazy happens out there. Shops suddenly abound with clothing that nobody should ever, ever — ever — wear in public. Case in point: About this time of year, I...
  • Love Notes: The court of love

    Love Notes: The court of love
    The place has all the charm of a shabby government office. Stained carpet, dusty fake plants, a thermostat with a lock on it. There's even — how's this for a bad omen? — a cracked mirror hanging on the scuffed lemon-yellow wall. But the...
  • Blast your look past dullsville

    Blast your look past dullsville
    It's people-watching season. Now that we're no longer swaddled in sweaters, jackets, coats and such, it's easy to spot the fashion items that make a big impression. I've got one word for you: necklaces. With an exclamation point! Make that two!! So many...
  • Les and Leah Axelrod: What causes a spark?

    Les and Leah Axelrod: What causes a spark?
    Les and Leah had one date a year for five years. In between those dates they didn't talk, didn't write, didn't think about each other. "The truth is, I was totally indifferent," says Les Axelrod. Once every year from 1945 to 1949 Leah Mandelker traveled...
  • Would you pay $600 for dynamite denim?

    Would you pay $600 for dynamite denim?
    Sure, you can pay hundreds of dollars for a pair of jeans. But would you? For many of us, jeans are the absolute workhorses of our wardrobe, the single go-to when it's time to get dressed in the morning. But how does that translate into cold cash? To...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Get a good deal on a used car

    Get a good deal on a used car
    For most of us, buying a car — yes, even a used car — is one of the biggest purchases we'll ever make. Sure, a shiny new vehicle is the dream. But the reality often is a dinged pre-owned ride bought with the hope that it will not turn into...
  • 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,...
  • Do you know where your phone is?

    Do you know where your phone is?
    How many times have you seen it — or done it yourself? The cell phone rings and suddenly there is this frenzy of pocket-patting, rooting around a purse or a backpack, mad dumping of the contents and … a missed call. Some people can find their...
  • Clunkerfree Zone

    Clunkerfree Zone
    For most of us, buying a car -- yes, even a used car -- is one of the biggest purchases we'll ever make. Sure, a shiny new vehicle is the dream. But the reality often is a dinged pre-owned ride bought with the hope that it will not turn into a...