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Melissa Harris
Business Columnist
My Role

Melissa Harris is a business columnist at The Chicago Tribune. Her column, Chicago Confidential, chronicles the city’s corporate elite.
My Biography

Melissa Harris joined The Chicago Tribune as a business columnist in 2009 after nearly five years as a metro reporter at The Baltimore Sun. Prior to joining The Sun, she was a metro reporter at The Orlando Sentinel. She has traveled to Haiti twice on assignment and crisscrossed the country covering everything from the Virginia Tech shootings to the Miss America pageant. She is a graduate of Northwestern and Johns Hopkins universities, and a two-time finalist for The Livingston Award, honoring outstanding reporting by journalists under the age of 35.
My Recent Articles

Obama campaign veterans launch hub for charitable giving 4/20/2014
Jason Kunesh and Dan Ratner impart lessons from re-election campaign to nonprofits trying to raise money and recruit volunteers Among Jason Kunesh and Dan Ratner 's many duties for the 2012 Barack Obama re-election effort was a revamp of the campaign's online donation system.

Chicago to host first Venture Capital Summit 4/13/2014
Matt Moog will chair the summit during Chicago Ideas Week Chicago will host its first Venture Capital Summit on Oct. 15-16 during Chicago Ideas Week, a source close to ChicagoNext, World Business Chicago's tech council, told the Tribune.

George Lucas eyes Chicago for art, 'Star Wars' museum 4/10/2014
Plan for art, movie memorabilia showcase in San Francisco stalls; Mayor Rahm Emanuel to create task force to identify potential sites Billionaire "Star Wars" creator George Lucas , who wants to establish a major museum to house his significant art and movie memorabilia collection, is considering Chicago as the location after plans for his $300 million Lucas Cultural Arts Museum stalled in San Francisco.

GrubHub CEO Matt Maloney says IPO is 'really the starting line' 4/6/2014
Artwork captures Marshall Bennett's life on video GrubHub Chief Executive Officer Matt Maloney wore a new navy, pinstriped, three-piece suit to his company's debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. And true to the tech-sector advocate he is, he bought it from another local startup, Trunk Club, the high-end online personal shopping service for men.

More than 100 Chicago tech execs sign letter urging immigration reform 4/1/2014
State's GOP delegation told of need for foreign engineers, scientists More than 100 tech execs cite need for software engineers and immigrants' positive economic impact in a letter to Illinois' GOP congressional delegation.