(Update: Paul Sullivan is gone from the Chicago Cubs beat, and Vaughn McLure will be covering Illinois for the Tribune)
You know that job posting you saw online for the Chicago Tribune; the open baseball writer position?
It’s been filled internally; sources have told me. With this promotion of Colleen Kane, there will also be a couple of beats being shifted around. At least that’s what insiders tell me. Colleen Kane takes over the White Sox beat as Mark Gonzalez (@MDGonzales) shifts to the Chicago Cubs.
Last year Kane, (can we can call her “KANER” like we do with Patrick Kane?) and Shannon Ryan covered Illini football. This year, Ryan is doing NIU football and Illinois basketball. So I’m not sure who the Trib Illinois writer is going to be this year. On Thursday of Big Ten Media Days, both David Haugh and Vaughn McClure (@vxmcclure) filed stories on embattled Illini Coach Tim Beckman. However, McClure is a Chicago Bears guy alongside Brad Biggs and Haugh is the “in the Wake of the News” columnist. Therefore, when the identity of the Illini football beat writer comes clear, I’ll update this post with that news.
For now, the moment belongs to Colleen Kane (@ChiTribKane), who is getting her first ever professional beat.
She did cover the NBA Draft Combine a couple months ago, but this will be the first time she’ll work exclusively on a team at the professional level of sports. Yes, the Sox still qualify as a professional team, despite their pathetic attendance and their very realistic possibility of finishing with 100 losses this year.
According to her Tribune bio page, Colleen Kane has worked in the high school sports department at the Tribune for three years. Before that, she worked in the sports department of the Cincinnati Enquirer, covering high school and college athletics. She is originally from Chicago’s west suburbs and graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign.
Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, a Fox Sports affiliate. He is also an analyst for 95.7 The Fan, and writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks), like him on Facebook
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