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Eric Zorn

Eric Zorn
Eric Zorn is a 1980 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he was a senior editor at the Michigan Daily and a creative-writing/English Literature major.

After serving a four-month internship at the Miami Herald, he came to work at the Chicago Tribune in the summer of 1980. After five years as a feature writer and radio columnist in the Tempo section he moved to the metropolitan news staff, where in late 1986, he became a news-feature columnist.

That column, Hometowns, gradually evolved into the commentary column that bears his name. It runs Tuesdays and Thursdays on the front of the metro section. In August of 2003, he started the Tribune's first Web log, which appea...
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Eric Zorn is a 1980 graduate of the University of Michigan, where he was a senior editor at the Michigan Daily and a creative-writing/English Literature major.

After serving a four-month internship at the Miami Herald, he came to work at the Chicago Tribune in the summer of 1980. After five years as a feature writer and radio columnist in the Tempo section he moved to the metropolitan news staff, where in late 1986, he became a news-feature columnist.

That column, Hometowns, gradually evolved into the commentary column that bears his name. It runs Tuesdays and Thursdays on the front of the metro section. In August of 2003, he started the Tribune's first Web log, which appears five days a week at chicagotribune.com. In July, 2006, highlights of that Web log began appearing in the Sunday Metro section.

He is a co-author of the 1990 book, "Murder of Innocence," an exploration of the life and tragic rampage of Winnetka schoolhouse killer Laurie Dann.

Zorn, his wife Johanna (an executive producer at WBEZ-FM, Chicago's public radio station) and their three children live on the city's Northwest Side.
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  • Dispatch from inside Robert Blagojevich's doghouse

     
    From Carol Felsenthal's interview with Robert Blagojevich in Chicago Magazine: CF: So you’re in Nashville [Rob and wife Julie moved back there last summer], and you tell me you’re disillusioned with the news media and you get your news mostly....
  • Defenders of St. Paul don't prophet from rage

     
    The first wry use of the expression “Ron Paul, peace be upon him” I can find is in a online comment thread from late 2007 when the Texas Republican congressman was running for president, as he is now, and his......
  • Letters entertain you

     
    UPDATED WITH NEW LETTERS! From the electronic mailbag in the last couple of days, in response to my Ron Paul columns (comments about which are still aggregating here) Social Justice 4 :You're a sack of S#%&! Who are you to......
  • Another view

     
    The Trib's Eric Zorn is way off base in calling on the CTU to surrender and withdraw its complaint to the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board regarding Rahm's fraudulent longer-school-day waiver elections.... Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk blog...
  • Rushing the season

     
    Now at the Old Town School of Folk Music web site: Songs of Good Cheer, an annual holiday caroling party hosted by Chicago Tribune columnists Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn, celebrates its 13th year. Schmich and Zorn are joined onstage......
  • This amuses me as much as a very amusing thing

     
    From "Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune would make Goebbels proud" in the Daily Paul, "a community driven website with no affiliation to Ron Paul, Rand Paul or any of their affiliated organizations," but with an axe to grind nevertheless:......
  • There's still time for my prediction to come true!

     
    [Herman Cain is] done. By the end of the week, maybe. By the end of the month almost certainly....Eric Zorn, Nov. 3, 2011 If Cain steps out of the race by midnight Wednesday -- and, really, why wouldn't he now......
  • Expert testimony

     
    The NYTPicker blog writes, "It's True: Spaghetti Tacos `Expert,' Prof. Robert Thompson, Has Now Been Interviewed By 78 Different NYT Reporters." But before there was Robert Thompson, there was Bernard Beck: Eureka! A man with the answers By Eric Zorn,.......
  • Oh, I hope this guy never gets famous....

     
    Try studying together! Grab his notes, quiz him, and for every question he gets right you get a little less clothed. Soon you will not only be having more sex, but you will be studying also....Eric Zorn...or I'll be fielding......
  • Do your part for the holidays

     
    I'm assured by no less an authority than Ann Murray, the executive director of Chicago’s International Music Foundation, that it's not considered cheating to sing only the famously bracing “Hallelujah Chorus” and to skip the rest of Handel's “...
  • Touche

     
    Stephen Isaacs writes in an email: During a debate between California gubernatorial candidates Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman, the question was posed whether either would promise to pull their attack advertising (apparently to the cheers of the...