WBEZ | Mary Schmich http://www.wbez.org/tags/mary-schmich Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Looking for the place behind the news with columnist Mary Schmich http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/looking-place-behind-news-columnist-mary-schmich-100354 <p><p><span style="font-size:12px;"><em>This audio contains strong language that may not be appropriate for younger or more sensitive listeners.</em></span></p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/mary%20schmich%201.jpg" title="Chicago ‘Tribune’ columnist Mary Schmich after winning the Pulitzer Prize in April. (AP/Chicago Tribune, Nancy Stone)" /></div><p>Mary Schmich was working as a reporter for the <em>Orlando Sentinel</em> when a<em> Chicago Tribune</em> editor offered her a job up north. She knew little of the Windy City, but Schmich&rsquo;s father grew up in Iowa, and she and her seven siblings grew up with an idea of &ldquo;Chicago as Paris&rdquo;<strong>&nbsp;</strong><strong>&mdash;</strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong><em>the</em> great American city.</p><p>Her own affinity for the city came quickly, and soon Schmich began hitting the pavement and touring Chicago&rsquo;s neighborhoods in search of material for her column, which she has written for the <em>Trib</em> since 1992. For example, when a so-called &quot;flash mob&quot; attacked tourists in the Gold Coast last year, Schmich went to Englewood instead to find the family of the accused assailants. It&#39;s creative efforts like these that earned Schmich the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in April, when the jury commended her &quot;for her wide range of down-to-earth columns that reflect the character and capture the culture of her famed city.&quot;</p><p>Not every columnist works this way, Schmich acknowledges, and that&rsquo;s OK &ndash; there are many different ways to write a column, she says. But of columnists who write from the confines of their office, Schmich says, &ldquo;those people weren&rsquo;t reporters &ndash; the world is interesting and more clear when you go out.&rdquo;</p><p>Her results bear that out. You can hear Schmich&rsquo;s moving read of her &quot;flash mob&quot; column in the audio attached.</p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range&nbsp;</a><em>showcases hidden gems unearthed from</em>&nbsp;Chicago Amplified&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Mary Schmich spoke at an event presented by the Association for Women Journalists-Chicago in June. Click</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/amplified/evening-pulitzer-prize-winner-mary-schmich-100156"><em>here</em>&nbsp;</a><em>to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Sat, 23 Jun 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/dynamic-range/looking-place-behind-news-columnist-mary-schmich-100354 'Chicago Tribune’s' Mary Schmich reacts to winning Pulitzer Prize for commentary http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/chicago-tribune%E2%80%99s-mary-schmich-reacts-winning-pulitzer-prize-commentary-98292 <p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1334615258-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/20120416%20Mary%20Schmich.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>Longtime <em>Chicago Tribune </em>columnist Mary Schmich received one of the most prestigious awards in journalism Monday, but it’s not going to her head.</p><p>“This just further proves that ordinary people win this prize,” she told host Steve Edwards on the <em>Afternoon Shift. </em></p><p>Schmich has won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. According to the Pulitzer Prize website, she recieved the award for “her wide range of down-to-earth columns that reflect the character and capture the culture of her famed city.” Her writing has addressed a wide range of topics over the years, from politics to what it’s like to be alive.</p><p>While Schimch says she doesn’t have a “clear image” of the audience she writes for, she’s guided by her gut and the public.</p><p>“I have the voices of <em>Tribune </em>readers, of people from the city in my head, and I suppose on some level I write to and for them, but I also just write out of my own instinct about what’s interesting today.”</p></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 17:28:47 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-04/chicago-tribune%E2%80%99s-mary-schmich-reacts-winning-pulitzer-prize-commentary-98292 Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich on the meaning of home http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-tribune-columnist-mary-schmich-meaning-home <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/demolition of cabrini-green.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Tribune columnist <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-maryschmich,0,287864,bio.columnist" target="_blank">Mary Schmich</a> has been watching the demolition of public housing from her window. In 2008, she wrote about the meaning of home.</p><p>During &quot;Eight Forty-Eight's&quot; <em>Mayor Monday </em>look at housing in Chicago, the show revisited her reflective essay which proved just as timely and poignant today.</p><p><em>Music Button: Norah Jones, covering Tom Waits &quot;Long Way Home&quot;, from the CD Feels Like Home, (Blue Note)</em></p></p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 15:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-tribune-columnist-mary-schmich-meaning-home