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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Charlotte the Cheesehead Orphan Deer, and other Tribune news singalongs of 2011

    Charlotte the Cheesehead Orphan Deer, and other Tribune news singalongs of 2011
    As you might expect, we talk about the news a lot around here. But the story of Charlotte the Deer, the subject of our colleague John Kass's recent columns, has gotten a fair bit of talker traction -- for us and, apparently, for you. Last week, Kass...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • The first McDonald's

    The first McDonald's
    The journey to billions and billions began with a single humble hamburger. History does not note the name of the customer, but that first request for service on this date at the new franchise restaurant on Lee Street in Des Plaines became the order heard...
  • "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,...
  • Virulent Barack Obama opponents won't go away

    Silly me. Here I had been thinking that the wild-eyed foamers at the mouth who were driven nearly to madness by the prospect of Barack Obama's election to the presidency were going to wait until Obama actually did something to offend them before going...
  • Eric Zorn: Change of subject

    <B>Eric Zorn:</B> Change of subject
  • 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......