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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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  • Rudolph and Frosty get makeovers

    Rudolph and Frosty get makeovers
    Every year, fellow Tribune columnist Mary Schmich and I conduct a reader contest related to our "Songs of Good Cheer" Christmas-themed singalong programs at the Old Town School of Folk Music — stories, parodies, trivia, something related to the season.
  • Sweet 16: Songs of Good Cheer recap

    Sweet 16:  Songs of Good Cheer recap
    Sunday night, Mary Schmich and I and the Songs of Good Cheer band -- informally known as the Cheerios -- finished our 2014 run with our fifth sold-out program in the Old Town School of Folk Music's concert hall The show tends to surprise first timers --...

    Wanna come rehearse with us?

    Wanna come rehearse with us?
    On Friday evening at the Old Town School of Folk Music, columnist Mary Schmich and I along with many members of the cast of the Songs of Good Cheer singalong concerts will hold a first-ever SOGC "pre-sing" event --meet the musicians, help us workshop some...

    Embrace the blob and give Lucas museum a second look

    Embrace the blob and give Lucas museum a second look
    At the risk of offending my more aesthetically evolved friends, I have to say that the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is growing on me. The widely reviled design? Yeah, it's audacious, weird, outsized and unconventional to the point of...

    Chicago Tribune managing editor leaves to pursue personal interests

    Chicago Tribune managing editor leaves to pursue personal interests
    Jane Hirt, who helped lead the Chicago Tribune newsroom through the dark days of bankruptcy and into an unfolding digital future, is stepping down as managing editor to pursue personal interests, the Tribune announced Wednesday. Hirt came to the Chicago...