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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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  • Chicago Live: Bikes, Mayor Emanuel, and singer Chris Walz

    Chicago Live: Bikes, Mayor Emanuel, and singer Chris Walz
    Drivers v. bicyclists. It's not supposed to be a competition, or worse yet, a war. But frequently on the streets of Chicago, violations of traffic laws and common courtesy lead to unpleasant, even dangerous clashes between motorists and bicyclists. At...
  • It's Christmastime in Chicago

    It's Christmastime in Chicago
    I have seen a couple of little girls walk from a roller coaster at Navy Pier's Winter Wonderfest dizzy with delight; had a man on Michigan Avenue call me a "------ Scrooge" when I refused to give him "$42 dollars so I can have train fare to visit my...
  • Birkett: If it had been up to me, DuPage County would not have put Rolando Cruz on trial

     
    In an extraordinary, two-hour interview with a handful of reporters and commentators -- including some who have been highly critical of his office -- Du Page County State's Attorney Joe Birkett said Wednesday morning that, in his opinion, charges never......
  • Ya Gotta

     
    Here are the Ya Gottas from today’s Prickly Pair Podcast, introduced by this cornball country riff on the "Ya Gotta" theme: Ya Gotta (look me in the eye) Phil Rosenthal -- On the theme of cornball country, Phil recommends "You......
  • I've long advocated for this idea

     
    In a news release, the Washington Post announces it will begin delivering feature sections on Saturday to give busy readers more time to enjoy their Sunday paper....(many feature) sections, along with Travel and in-depth local stories in the Washington...
  • Ya Gotta...

     
    Here are the Ya Gottas from today’s Prickly Pair Podcast, as introduce by this musical theme written, sung and produced by Kristin Samuelson, the one-woman Roche Sisters: A "Rocky" Ya Gotta Phil Rosenthal --Re-runs of "The Larry Sanders Show," the......
  • Fine lines

     
    I’m cleaning off my desk here and the following quotes are on scraps of paper in a little pile. You may find some of the them wise and useful: We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result......
  • Cookie Monster and I share a stage for the first (and last?) time

     
    At Chicago Live! tonight: Eric Zorn moderates a post-election panel with K. Sujata, president of the Chicago Foundation for Women, former alderman Dick Simpson and political strategist Don Washington. This could be interesting. Washington is an eloquent,...
  • The Master Journalist is on my case

     
    I seem to have somehow gotten crosswise again with The Master Journalist -- my nickname for the self-appointed local media critic whose daily blog that he refuses to call a blog is devoted to summarizing what other people are writing,......
  • Filling in the blanks

     
    To me, the most interesting part of the highly contentious meeting of the state Senate Executive Appointments Committee Thursday morning in Springfield was not the near fistfight between lawmakers, but the debate on “rough and tumble”...
  • A click survey will have to do

     
    How do you feel about Rahm Emanuel's inaugural party?online surveys Responding to Whet Moser: Yesterday, Eric Zorn wrote that the "inauguration cum coronation seems to be provoking more despair and resignation among Chicagoans than enthusiasm."* If that's...