Marcus Gilmer is a writer and editor who writes the Punching Up the News blog for WBEZ. Previously, Marcus was an editor at The A.V. Club, the pop culture sister publication of The Onion, and editor-in-chief of popular city culture blog Chicagoist. Marcus originally hails from Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in English at Birmingham-Southern College and later spent several lost years in New Orleans, where he earned a Masters Degree in Fine Arts and Communications from the University of New Orleans. He relocated to Chicago following Hurricane Katrina and lives in Roscoe Village.