435 N. Michigan Avenue
TT 400
Chicago, IL
Fred Mitchell
Reporter, Specialist
My Role

I write a weekly column and assist in the coverage of the Chicago Bears. Additionally, I cover Northern Illinois football, the Chicago Rush and the WNBA Sky. I also assist in the coverage of other Chicago sports teams, including the Cubs, White Sox and Bulls.
My Biography

Since joining the Chicago Tribune in 1974, Fred Mitchell has served as the beat writer covering the Cubs, Bulls and Bears, becoming the only reporter in Tribune history to handle the three major sports as a main assignment. Mitchell has written 11 books, including biographies with Bears Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and Richard Dent, and Cubs Hall of Famers Billy Williams and Ryne Sandberg. Mitchell also wrote “Playing Through” with Earl Woods, the late father of Tiger Woods, and “Then Ditka Said To Payton” with former Bear Dan Jiggetts.

Mitchell received the "Jim Murray Award" as the outstanding sportswriter in 2000 from the American Football Foundation. In 2010, he was honored as the Bill Gleason Outstanding Sportswriter of the Year by the Pitch & Hit Club, and with the Irv Kupcinet Media Award. He also was inducted into the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mitchell grew up in Gary, Ind., where he earned letters in baseball, track and football at Tolleston High School while serving as editor of his school paper and yearbook, graduating with honors at 16.

At Wittenberg University, Mitchell lettered in football and track and was named to the Lutheran College All-America team in 1968 after setting the NCAA College Division record for career kick scoring. He was inducted into Wittenberg’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. An annual national award for the outstanding kicker among the over 750 non-FBS colleges is handed out during the National Football Foundation ceremony and is named in his honor: "The Fred Mitchell Award" (www.fredmitchellaward.com), which recognizes outstanding kicking, as well as community service.

Mitchell received an honorary doctorate (LHD) from Wittenberg in 2000. A coach and English teacher at Grove City (Ohio) High.School (1969-74), he also played semi-pro football in Columbus and Chicago Heights. In '99, Mitchell was inducted into the Minor League Football Hall of Fame in Canton,
My Interests

Reading, sports, movies, family outings, tropical vacations.