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As In the Wake of the New Columnist, I write roughly five days a week on the most compelling stories affecting Chicago sports fans. There are times naturally that national events will merit our presence, but the focus since ChicagoSports became reality has been local. Some days the job description requires criticizing, some days it requires praising, some days you just describe and let the story tell itself. But on every day, the goal is to take the reader to a place you want them to be.
If you saw the movie "Hoosiers,'' the town of Hickory is probably slightly...larger than the town I grew up in in northwest Indiana. It's called North Judson, Ind., and I may be exaggerating slightly. But its population is around 1,700 and my graduation class was 99. It was a great place to grow up. I went on to play football at Ball State University and graduate with a degree in journalism and political science. I earned my Master's at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. My first job was covering Notre Dame football at the South Bend Tribune, where I spent 10 wonderful years -- the last eight as sports columnist. I came to the Chicago Tribune in February 2003 and spent two years as the Bears beat writer, two as an enterprise writer and three as the Bears columnist. Since September 2009, I have written In the Wake of the News. My wife, Allison, is a yoga instructor and we have a 10-year-old son, Blair and two dogs.
My job is most people's hobby, so any free time I have is divided up watching soccer games, walking dogs and helping with 5th grade math homework and science projects. We have a strong interest in Scotland, where my wife grew up and we visit every summer. I also am an unapologetic fan of all things country music, not the twangy old-school country of Hank Williams Jr., but the newer stuff that makes US99 much more enjoyable to listen to on most days than sports-talk radio. Yes, that means my favorite interview of 2010 was Kenny Chesney when I wrote a column about his ode-to-high school football song "Boys Of Fall.''