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Mike Pankow
Editor/Designer, Sports
My Role

I have been at the Tribune for 16 years. I'm currently a copy editor on the sports desk. During my tenure, I've done almost everything in the sports department, including: copy editing, TV/radio listings editing, scoreboard agate editing, writing prep and college game stories and features, scheduling, writing roundups for preps, college and professional sports, some supervisory duties.

My favorite story was one I wrote on Chris Nowinski, who is the co-founder and executive director of the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis. Back in 2002 when I did the story, Chris was working as a pro wrestler for WWE.
My Biography

I'm a lifelong Chicago native and had lived within the city limits until March 2010 when I moved to Joliet. I married Jennifer on Dec. 11, 2010. We live in Joliet with our black lab, Vader, and our cat, Mickey. I am proud 1997 graduate of UIC with a communications degree. I'm also a 1993 graduate of St. Laurence High School in Burbank and was the Class of 1989 valedictorian at Michael M. Byrne elementary on the Southwest side of Chicago. I joined the Tribune on Aug. 21, 1997 as a part-timer in the prep sports department. I have been full-time since April 2001.
My Interests

Sports, travel, social media, professional wrestling, reading, going to the movies, 80s and 90s music, video games, comedy.