My byline has been appearing in newspapers for almost 40 years. Most recently, I was an op-ed columnist for the Chicago Tribune and the proprietor of The Barbershop, a feature of chicagonow.com, the Tribune’s blog of Chicago’s most prominent blogs.

My columns have appeared in many publications, including The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, Real Clear Politics, Human Events and the Heartland Institute.

Before taking up freelancing in 1998, I was a columnist and editorial board member for the Chicago Sun-Times. In those roles, I turned out up to four op-ed columns a week, helped set the newspaper’s editorial policies and wrote award-winning editorials. While in that post, the newspaper nominated me for a Pulitzer Prize and I won a number of awards for my commentary and editorials. Previously at the Sun-Times, I served as the paper’s transportation writer and was creator of the newspaper’s first science and technology beat. As a special projects reporter, I was one of the first journalists in the nation to use computer-aided research in an investigative series on the under-reporting of rape by the Chicago police.

I went to the Sun-Times after the closing of the Chicago Daily News, one of the nation’s premier afternoon papers and widely considered to be “a writer’s newspaper.” I joined it as a general assignment reporter in 1965, and later moved on to assistant financial editor and urban affairs beat reporter.

With this background, I can handle a vast array of articles and opinion pieces for your publication. I have covered aviation disasters and the Superconducting Super Collider. Chicago, Illinois and national politics. Regional planning and urbanscapes. Finance and business. If there’s not something that you see here, ask and I’ll send you some examples.

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