Gerould Kern

Gerould Kern was named senior vice president and editor of the Chicago Tribune in July 2008. As editor, he has focused the Tribune on local investigative reporting to expose political corruption, government mismanagement and consumer safety issues. Kern joined the newspaper in 1991 and has held a number of senior editing roles. Before joining the Tribune he was executive editor of the Daily Herald, Chicago’s largest suburban newspaper.

Denise Kiernan

Denise Kiernan is the author of “The Girls of Atomic City,” “Signing Their Lives Away” and “Signing Their Rights Away.” Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, Reader’s Digest and other national publications.

Corey Klinzing

Corey Klinzing is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Columbia College Chicago. Nicole Knepper Nicole Knepper, a licensed clinical professional counselor, is the author of “Moms Who Drink and Swear,” and has a Facebook page and blog of the same name. She blogs for the Chicago Tribune.

Nicole Knepper

Nicole Knepper, a licensed clinical professional counselor, is the author of “Moms Who Drink and Swear,” and has a Facebook page and blog of the same name. She blogs for the Chicago Tribune.

Keith Koeneman

Keith Koeneman is the author of “First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daley.” He is a third-generation Chicagoan, holds advanced degrees from Harvard University, the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, and writes on Chicago politics, history and culture for the Huffington Post.

Rick Kogan

Rick Kogan is a senior writer and columnist at the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of a dozen books, including “Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth,” “America's Mom: The Life, Lesson and Legacy of Ann Landers” and “A Chicago Tavern.”

Alex Kotlowitz

Alex Kotlowitz is the author of three books, including “There Are No Children Here” and “The Other Side of the River,” which won the Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize for nonfiction. He is the producer of the documentary “The Interrupters” and a regular contributor to This American Life and The New York Times Magazine. He is a writer-in-residence at Northwestern University. alexkotlowitz.com.

Carol LaChapelle

Carol LaChapelle is a writer, teacher and author of “Finding Your Voice, Telling Your Stories.” Her essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, “The Writing Group Book” and Adventure Cyclist. She conducts writing workshops in personal essay, memoir and writing family stories.

Tyler Cain Lacy

Tyler Cain Lacy is a master’s candidate at Columbia College Chicago. His work can be found in Sprung Formal, Columbia Poetry Review and Caliban Online, among others.

Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon is the author of “Long Division,” his debut novel. He is an associate professor of English and creative writing at Vassar College, and contributing editor at Gawker.com.