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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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  • 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......
  • Counterpoint: Can Illinois reduce pension benefits going forward?

     
    On March 25 I asked, Can Illinois reduce prospective pension benefits going forward? Three days later, then, I posted Follow up: Can Illinois reduce prospective pension benefits going forward? in which I presented the case for yes and reprinted in......
  • 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......
  • Athletes & autographs, Scott Lee Cohen and flu shots -- the World's Greatest Podcast

     
    John Williams and Eric Zorn discuss topics in the news, WGN .mp3 audio Download link...
  • What's So "Happy" About Memorial Day?

    What's So "Happy" About Memorial Day?
    "Happy Memorial Day!" chirped the WGN Ch. 9 anchors at the end of their newscast Sunday night. How many hundreds of times must I have heard or read that greeting over the years? How many times must I have offered it myself, never stopping to think that...
  • Waving the white flag in the war against emoticons

     
    Point:I hate smileys because they are lazy and wimpy; because they rob the words that precede them of precision and allow writers to avoid responsibility for even attempting to find the right words and put them in the right context....These......
  • Poetry corner -- the ode to Old Mill Creek

     
    Contributor Robert Goldsborough's "Elite Street" item today, Bruce Wolf moves to farm after reaping big loss on town home touches on the witty sportscaster's relocation to Old Mill Creek and gives me all the excuse I need to revive my......
  • Zorn and Schmich in a carol-free concert appearance

     
    From the Chicago Headline Club: (Thursday) July 1: Starting at 8 p.m., journalist-musicians will entertain at the Heartland Café, 7000 N. Glenwood Ave., to raise funds to help unemployed and underemployed journalists enhance skills for today’s job...
  • The four secrets to how I did it

     
    Read me now, and believe me later: Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is not going to testify at his corruption trial. Yes, I know he and his lawyers have been promising for months that he'll clamber into the witness box and......