Famous CPS Grads -- Are You One Of Them?

The folks at CPSAlumni.org have put out a list of famous CPS alums that includes "seven Pulitzer

Prize winners, seven Peabody Award winners, two National Book Award winners,

two members of the Baseball Hall of Fame Writer's Wing, and 18 Emmy Award

winners.

"One alum, Stuart Schwartz, earned 12 Emmy awards and four Peabody

Awards for his work at ABC, on programs like "Good Morning

America."

See below for all the deets.

Who's your favorite "famous" CPS alum?

Anyone not on the list who should be (besides my dad, that is)?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

March

18, 2009

Top Media Personalities Got Start In Chicago

Public Schools

Star-studded List Includes The Late Studs

Terkel, Saul Bellow, Nelson Algren, Mike Royko

More than 100 Chicago Public Schools alumni have

achieved great renown as journalists, publishers and media personalities, in

the history of the school district.

The list of media personalities, found on the CPS

alumni website, www.CPSalumni.org, includes the likes of the late Studs Terkel,

Saul Bellow, Nelson Algren, Ethel Payne, Jerome Holtzman and Mike Royko.There are seven Pulitzer

Prize winners, seven Peabody Award winners, two National Book Award winners,

two members of the Baseball Hall of Fame Writer’s Wing, and 18 Emmy Award

winners. One alum, Stuart Schwartz, earned 12 Emmy awards and four Peabody

Awards for his work at ABC, on programs like “Good Morning

America.”

Several CPS alums now have awards given out in their

name, including the late John Chancellor, Peter Lisagor and Herb Block, a

three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist.

“Chicago has been a

launching pad and home for dozens of nationally known journalists, and we are

proud that so many of these social commentators and investigators have come

from Chicago Public Schools,” said Brad Harbaugh, editor of

CPSalumni.org. “We look forward to the ground-breaking work of the next

generation of CPS alumni reporters and publishers.”

CPSalumni.org also allows website visitors to follow Chicago’s media story, from the late Melville Stone,

one of Chicago’s

earliest journalists and founder of the Chicago Daily News, to rising broadcast

television star Anna Davlantes.

Visitors to www.CPSalumni.org also can learn more

about the father-son team of Herman and Rick Kogan, the sister act of Stella

Foster and Jamie Foster Brown, and Russ Ewing, who is famed for having more than

100 murder suspects turn themselves in to him over the span of his 40-year

career. In addition, seven Hyde Park High School alumni made the list of prominent

journalists, as did six Lane

Tech High

School alumni.

The list was created from the “Honor Roll”

feature on www.CPSalumni.org, where readers can find bios of all of the people

mentioned above, plus many other notable media alumni. For a complete list, see

the attached spreadsheet or visit www.cpsalumni.org/media.

The list of CPS alumni journalists is the third in a

series of lists honoring the achievements of CPS alumni. Other lists include

CPS musical greats (www.CPSalumni.org/music) and CPS Olympians (www.CPSalumni.org/athletes).

Additions to these lists can be sent to editor@cpsalumni.org.

The

Chicago Public Schools is the nation’s third-largest school system. It

includes more than 650 schools and serves about 405,000 students.

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