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Mary Schmich

Mary Schmich
Mary Theresa Schmich was born in Savannah, Ga., the oldest of eight children, and spent her childhood in Georgia. She attended high school in Phoenix then earned a B.A. at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.

After working in college admissions for three years and spending a year and a half in France, she attended journalism school at Stanford. She has worked as a reporter at the Peninsula Times Tribune in Palo Alto, Calif., at the Orlando Sentinel and, since 1985, at the Chicago Tribune. She spent five years as a Tribune national correspondent based in Atlanta.

For three years starting in 1992, she wrote a column for the Tribune. She left for a year to attend Harvard on a N...
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Mary Theresa Schmich was born in Savannah, Ga., the oldest of eight children, and spent her childhood in Georgia. She attended high school in Phoenix then earned a B.A. at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.

After working in college admissions for three years and spending a year and a half in France, she attended journalism school at Stanford. She has worked as a reporter at the Peninsula Times Tribune in Palo Alto, Calif., at the Orlando Sentinel and, since 1985, at the Chicago Tribune. She spent five years as a Tribune national correspondent based in Atlanta.

For three years starting in 1992, she wrote a column for the Tribune. She left for a year to attend Harvard on a Nieman fellowship for journalists, then returned to the column in July 1996.

She also writes the "Brenda Starr" comic strip and plays a decent barroom piano. She lives in Chicago.
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  • Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young

    Inside every adult lurks a graduation speaker dying to get out, some world-weary pundit eager to pontificate on life to young people who'd rather be Rollerblading. Most of us, alas, will never be invited to sow our words of wisdom among an audience of caps and gowns, but there's no reason we can't entertain ourselves by composing a Guide to Life for Graduates.
  • Cindi Canary watches Springfield like a hawk

    Illinois has lived lately in a state of ethical emergency and Cindi Canary has been on call. You must have seen or heard her. When a government ethics committee needs a member, when the national or local media need a nonpartisan comment, Canary's there,...

    Steering high school journalists on right path

    When I headed off Thursday to talk about column-writing to high school journalists, I felt a little like a seafarer commissioned to give a workshop on how to fly the space shuttle. I could offer some general tips on the nature of exploration and...

    At this bakery, interns' hope rises along with the bread

    Meet the cast of characters of the Sweet Miss Givings Bakery. *Stan Sloan, 45, idea mastermind, a tanned Episcopal priest who wears a black leather jacket and grooves on Madonna.*Stephen Smith, 28, chief operating officer, Harvard grad who just moved...

    For 15 Vietnam vets, the reunion of a lifetime

    On Friday evening, if everything goes according to Jim Zwit's plan, he and 14 other Vietnam veterans will stand next to home plate at U.S. Cellular Field to be honored by the Chicago White Sox. Most of the guys haven't seen each other since the 1971...