Trying to keep the blues alive in Chicago isn’t easy

Last month Crain's Chicago Business published my story "Blues is Chicago's most famous cultural export. Why don't we do more to promote it?" a question that has persisted for years, if not decades, in this town. Thankfully, the story received a lot of [...]

By |March 11, 2017|

Hello 2017 — It’s already a busy year

January may be a slow month for most industries, but for news in Chicago, things are already heating up. The Washington Post had me on a number of stories this month, starting with a story out the West Side involving a Facebook [...]

By |January 16, 2017|

Washington Post stories in July — And Dolly!

This month (July 2016), I've been busy at the Washington Post. This weekend I have the front page feature of the Sunday Arts section! The story is on New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield who is the subject of a three-year federal probe [...]

By |July 16, 2016|

I’m handing POLITICO’s Playbook all week!

I'm filling in with colleague Natasha Korecki this week (2/7) in producing Illinois Playbook, the morning feature on Politico that looks at what's important that day in Illinois, Chicago, and elsewhere in the state. Subscribe for free here to to get it in [...]

By |February 7, 2016|

Reviewing Bruce Springsteen and Black Sabbath

In one week I reviewed two major tour heading through Chicago. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band brought "The River" tour here in celebration of the 35th anniversary of that double album. (Thirty-five years? It doesn't seem possible, although I was [...]

By |January 26, 2016|