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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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  • Seeing red: We nail down the best polish

    Was your mother right? Do you really get what you pay for? Is spending the extra money worth it? We ask ourselves that whether we're buying a lipstick or liposuction. One day not long ago, I wandered into the drugstore to buy myself a little treat, some...
  • 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...
  • Victor Dye and Joyce Richards: A romance whose time has finally come

    Victor Dye and Joyce Richards: A romance whose time has finally come
    Maybe Victor and Joyce didn't set a world record but they came close. The time that passed between their first kiss and their wedding day? Fifty-five years! "Should we call Guinness?" Joyce asks. In the intervening half-century (and then some), Joyce...
  • Tress report

    Tress report
    Let's get personal! And when it comes to how we look, nothing is more personal than our hair. Hate it, love it, mourn its loss — we sure do have strong opinions about it. To learn more, I stopped people with distinctive looks and grilled them on...
  • Preppy fashion takes on an edgy look

    Preppy fashion takes on an edgy look
    For most people, back to school does not mean a return to a pricey prep school. Depending on your demographic, it's probably student loans, hand-me-downs, packing lunches and scrounging for clean clothes for the kids -- who've somehow sprouted 4 inches...
  • Peter Yarrow: Puff's daddy takes his folk music crusade to children

    Peter Yarrow: Puff's daddy takes his folk music crusade to children
    These days, there's a good chance that a young mom or dad will point at Peter Yarrow and tell the kids, “That's Puff the magic dragon's daddy.” Maybe, even, granddaddy. It's been nearly half a century since Peter, Paul and Mary, the now famed...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Battle of the bargain fashions

    Lucky us. The Chicago flagships of two of the greatest high-style bargain fashion stores are plunked right here on North Michigan Avenue just three blocks apart. If you haven't been to H&M and Forever 21/XXI, I've got one word for you: Go. Make that...
  • Holey, holey, holey

    Holey, holey, holey
    Whether you like it or not — OK, nobody likes it — it's time to do a little spring cleaning. Let's start with the closet. There are things in there we haven't worn for ages. Or only wear when we're working in the yard or washing the car. Or...