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Judging Jussie & The Chicago Media

Only Jussie Smollett could turn our city into TMZ-Midwest. As the nation’s third-largest media market, Chicago usually produces “hard news”– relating to politics, education, and the economy. To my chagrin, the Jussie Smollett story has topped most news broadcasts for the past 3 weeks. People are retweeting Charlie De Mar (CBS 2 Chicago), while Rafer Weigel (Fox Chicago) keeps... Read more »

Dear Jussie: Chicago's Good Outweighs The Bad

Chicago has a race problem. You won’t see that in a “Visit Chicago” ad, nor will you hear about it from a realtor. The Illinois Film Office probably didn’t warn you about it before you took the job on “Empire”. It’s our city’s dirty little secret. Decades before Laquan McDonald, we saw the brutal beating of... Read more »

Saving Empehi: When The Headlines Hit Home

The best and brightest come from Morgan Park High School on Chicago’s South Side, including yours truly. We call it “Empehi” (MP High) and we have athletic and academic rivalries with our fellow Vincennes Avenue neighbors Julian and Simeon.  Yet, recent headlines would cause many to believe there’s a battle within. Last Wednesday, a 16-year-old student set... Read more »
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Alden Loury Uncovers Chicago's HR Nightmare

There’s a story in the news that Rahm doesn’t want you to see. Just 7 months before the next election, he’s trying to regain support of the African-American “community”. To the mayor’s chagrin, the latest report from journalist-turned-demographer Alden Loury could deflate that momentum. According to Loury, African-Americans in Chicago are not gaining jobs downtown... Read more »

Former Trib Reporter Moves Up

Kyra Kyles is keeping her “files” somewhere else. She is now a full-time senior editor at JET Magazine, in addition to producing a brand new puppet show called HR: The Series. Just weeks after leaving The Chicago Tribune company, she has embarked upon an exciting new chapter of her life. While most reporters would have... Read more »

Chicago's Unlucky Journalist

There’s a guy I just met who is having a very hard time breaking in the news business. He’s in his 20s, loves to write, has a fairly decent imagination, and loves people. The ironic thing is that nobody really likes him. In fact, one of our mutual friends told me that folks talk about... Read more »
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D Wade Skips Windy City Live

Ryan Chiaverini wants answers. He thought NBA star Dwyane (Spellcheck) Wade would be stopping by Windy City Live this morning. But he thought wrong. It seems like Wade overslept and reneged on his agreement. It is a producer’s nightmare to have a guest cancel at the last minute. Fortunately, they pulled it together just fine... Read more »

A Good Loss For Chicago Radio

Lately, Chicago radio has been changing for the worse. Shows are being canceled; Folks are being fired; and it’s hard to find the next Ted Williams at a stoplight. (Just kidding) But there’s a radio host who is losing and winning at the same time. His name is Geoff Pinkus, the host of “Livin’ Large”... Read more »

Should Journalists Give Up Their Privacy?

This week, two headlines caught my attention: “Mayor Emanuel Walks Out Of Interview” and “Tamron Hall Has Stalker Arrested”. At first glance, you wouldn’t think those two stories are directly related, but indirectly…they are. The first headline refers to yesterday’s clash between NBC 5 Chicago reporter Mary Ann Ahern and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Mrs. Ahern... Read more »
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Journalists Vs Publicists

Believe it or not, but pitching a news story is hard work. That’s why I went back to journalism after a few years of pursuing a career in PR (public relations). It’s like publicists and journalists seem to be lifelong “frenemies” or friendly enemies. They know they have to work together but dread the process.... Read more »