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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Wednesday, February 23 2011

    5 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Greg Jarrett 6:39 a.m. Greg Jarrett visits with Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson. 7:09 a.m. Professor Paul Green joins Greg Jarrett for a 'morning after' look at the election results. 8:09 a.m. Tribune columnist John Kass...
  • Saturday, February 26, 2011

    5-6 a.m. The Morning Show with Orion and Max 5:05 a.m. Orion visits with the four 2011 National Outstanding Young Farmers named and honored a few days ago in Louisville, KY. 5:50 a.m. Orion discusses lessons to be learned from this week's market...
  • Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    5:30 - 9 a.m.  Jonathon Brandmeier 8:35 a.m.  Johnny B has your chance to win Brett Michaels tickets.  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Mike McConnell  9:35 a.m.  You've seen Kony postings all over the internet.  Mike McConnell explores the situation 12 - 3 p.m....
  • Songs of Good (WIN THE ESSAY CONTEST!) Cheer

    Songs of Good (WIN THE ESSAY CONTEST!) Cheer
    Let's just quote my colleague Mary Schmich: "Because no friendly singalong would feel right without an edge, every year we offer a contest. This allows audience members to do the only thing that's more fun in life than singing, i.e. competing." Eric Zorn...