Eric Zorn

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Eric Zorn (born January 6, 1958) is an op-ed columnist and daily blogger for the Chicago Tribune, specializing in local news as well as politics.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Zorn is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he majored in English literature and Creative Writing.[citation needed]


After serving a four-month internship at the Miami Herald, Zorn came to work at the Chicago Tribune in summer 1980, he has been working for the paper since 1980, and has been a columnist since 1986.[2] He co-wrote the 1990 book Murder of Innocence, about Laurie Dann;[3] the book served as the basis for a 1993 made-for-TV movie of the same name.[4] Since 2003, Zorn has penned "Change of Subject", the Tribune's first blog.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Zorn, also known as figgus, is a Democrat[6] and has stated, "I’m a Democrat because I think man-made climate change is real, that it’s vile to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, that access to quality health care should be a right, that the death penalty should be abolished, that income inequality should be diminished and that we shouldn’t privatize public education. I’m a Democrat because I believe it should be hard to buy a gun—especially if you’re on a law-enforcement watch list—and that every firearm should be registered, licensed and easily tracked ... organized labor and 'big government' interventions are needed to smooth out the roller-coaster ride of free-market capitalism."[7]


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  2. ^ "Eric Zorn". Contemporary Authors Online. September 17, 2002. Retrieved on January 26, 2013.
  3. ^ Peter Robertson. "Real Life Can be as Horrifying as Fiction". Durant Daily Democrat. October 16, 1990. Retrieved on January 26, 2013.
  4. ^ Ginny Holbert. "A Tragedy Hits Home – Will Dann Teleplay Help Heal or Reopen Wounds?" Chicago Sun-Times. November 30, 1993. pg. 29.
  5. ^ David A. Craig. Excellence in Online Journalism: Exploring Current Practices in an Evolving Environment. Sage, 2010. pg. 138.
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