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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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  • 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......
  • Change of Subject reader survey

     
    I decided to borrow a page from Andrew Sullivan, who recently conducted an Urtak.com wiki survey on his wildly popular Daily Dish site in order to get a better handle on who his readers are and what they want from......
  • Promo by proxy

     
    WBEZ stands for “We Broadcast Eric Zorn,” at least this Friday after 3 p.m., when my counterpart over at the Tribune will be a guest on the new afternoon news program hosted by my pal Steve Edwards, who returns to......
  • Talkin' stuff

     
    For all you baby boomers out there I could call it the Melina Mercouri syndrome --"Never on Sunday" That's a Paul Greenism, I used to come up with those a lot. Now they're coming few and far between. Maybe Eric......
  • 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,...
  • 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......
  • Forensic audit of state government, a webliography

     
    The following sources relate to Illinois Senate Resolution 763 (or see the text of the resolution below; substantially identical to Illinois House Resolution 1057): Forensic audit of state spending would save money, op-ed essay by Adam Andrzejewski....
  • Cook County Clerk David Orr: `Like Eric Zorn, I'm in favor of increased ballot access'

     
    David Orr responds to Tuesday's column, "Dump the petitions, lower the bar" The current system vastly favors incumbents, party insiders and wealthy candidates. They know how to play the game and use the petition process to their advantage. Newcomers get.....
  • Real and virtual chats, back to back

     
    Mary Schmich and I will be on WGN AM 720 with John Williams at 11 a.m. today. Shortly thereafter, then, I'll be part of this chat show at Vocalo.org: Today on the Lunchbox, we bring in a respected (semi) group......