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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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  • Defending the Green

     
    Political Science professor William P. Kreml of DePaul University writes to take issue with my view of the Green Party's performance in the recent election: believe I was the largest contributor to the Rich Whitney campaign. I contributed to, and......
  • Ya Gotta...

     
    Here are the Ya Gottas from today’s Prickly Pair Podcast. Phil Rosenthal -- The Elton John/Leon Russell album, "The Union" Scott Stantis -- Fromagination, the finest cheese shop in Madison, Wisc., maybe anywhere. And not just because it's so clean.........
  • Ya Gotta, 12-8-10

     
    Here are the Ya Gottas from today’s Prickly Pair Podcast. Eric Zorn -- Photo gift books. Trust me on this one. I have dubbed these the sure-fire spontaneous-kiss gift for the holiday season. Personal and modestly priced. See my webliography......
  • Ya Gotta

     
    Here are the Ya Gottas from today’s Prickly Pair Podcast. Eric Zorn -- I've pointed online readers to it before, but my my favorite viral video of the year was of Irish dancers Suzanne Cleary and Peter Harding doing a......
  • Ya gotta...

     
    Here are the Ya Gottas from this week's Prickly Pair Podcast. (And a renewed call for readers/listeners to submit their own for possible use on a future podcast/blog entry) Phil Rosenthal --The Allen Brothers catalog, which Phil says is the......
  • I've long advocated for this idea

     
    In a news release, the Washington Post announces it will begin delivering feature sections on Saturday to give busy readers more time to enjoy their Sunday paper....(many feature) sections, along with Travel and in-depth local stories in the Washington...
  • 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,...
  • 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......