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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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  • Election blog: Turnout could be as low as 40 percent

    Election blog: Turnout could be as low as 40 percent
    Barring a late surge of voters, election officials are estimating voter turnout in today’s mayoral election could be as low as 40 percent, well off the 50 percent predicted. Polls are set to close at 7 p.m. Langdon Neal, chairman of the Chicago...
  • "Mockingbird" still sings after 50 years

    "Mockingbird" still sings after 50 years
    Of all the things to love about "To Kill a Mockingbird," the modern classic that celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend, the first appears in the opening paragraph. "When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow,...
  • Eric Zorn - Change of Subject blog

  • 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, 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......
  • Ya Gotta

     
    Here are the Ya Gottas from today’s Prickly Pair Podcast. Phil Rosenthal --Ebbets Field Flannels: From the company website: "The finest manufacturer of vintage historically-inspired athletic clothing. Since 1988 we have been creating fine handcrafted...
  • 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”...