435 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL
Ellen Warren
My Role

Senior Correspondent and columnist writing about shopping and style.
My Biography

Ellen Warren is a Tribune senior correspondent and columnist who writes about shopping and style. She has been a foreign and war correspondent, covered the White House and Chicago City Hall and launched the Tribune’s first political blog.

She’s been a metro and features columnist and was the first woman legman for the late columnist Mike Royko.

In her varied career she has covered the U.S. Supreme Court, the Super Bowl, the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana, opening day at Wrigley Field and eight presidential elections.

Warren is a member of the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame who started her career as a police reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago. That's the famed boot camp for reporters known for its slogan, "If your mother says she loves you, check it out."

Woody Allen once laughed at her jokes. Actor Jimmy Stewart picked her up off the floor. And George W. Bush told her, "F--- you!" (That was before he was president.)

Warren has a B.A. (with honors) in English literature from Penn State and was awarded the University’s alumni fellow designation, the highest liberal arts college honor. She also holds a diplome d’etudes from La Sorbonne, University of Paris.

Her stories have been collected in several books and she has been a guest lecturer in journalism at Princeton University, New York University graduate school, Northwestern University and many others.

Warren's husband, Wade Nelson, is Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley's chief speech writer. They have two grown sons, Ted Nelson and Emmett Nelson.

My Interests

Warren is a competitive stitcher who has won blue ribbons for her needlepoint project at state fairs in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. She also is a devoted (though slow) runner. She proudly captained the Chicago Tribune's Grand Champion cow-milking team at the Illinois State Fair.