New Sun-Times section embraces Mind & Body | WBEZ
Skip to main content

WBEZ Blogs

New Sun-Times section embraces Mind & Body


Dr. Laura Berman

In the first product expansion of the Chicago Sun-Times since its corporate ownership changed hands, a new weekly section focusing on health, nutrition, fitness and beauty will debut Wednesday.‚ The premiere edition of Mind & Body will be a 12-page tabloid-size pullout, targeted to all readers regardless of age or gender, according to its editors.

In addition to copy written by staffers and local free-lancers, the section will feature a familiar lineup of columnists, including Dr. Laura Berman, whose sex advice column had been running in the Sun-Times until last February, Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen, whose Q & A column previously ran on Thursdays, and Chicago personal trainer Cornell McClellan, whose clients include President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Overseeing Mind & Body is deputy features editor Sue Ontiveros, a 25-year veteran of the Sun-Times and former food editor. She'll also continue to oversee Easy, the weekly lifestyle section which runs on Thursdays. Of the new venture, Ontiveros said:

"I truly believe that eating well and getting daily exercise is the formula needed to live a long and healthy life, so I am quite excited to be heading up this section. Mind & Body is a natural for me. While the food editor, I wrote extensively about nutrition and promoted eating well, so I am happy that this will be an area Mind & Body will cover."

Elsewhere on the media beat:

  • From the White House to Chicago's city rooms, tributes poured in Monday lauding Carlos Hernandez Gomez, the widely admired political reporter who died Sunday after a battle with cancer. None were more touching than those from friends and colleagues at Chicago Public Radio, where he worked before joining Tribune Co.-owned CLTV in 2005. He is survived by his wife, Randi Belisomo Hernandez, a reporter for Trib-owned WGN-Channel 9. A great newsman and a great guy, Carlos was only 36.‚ His wake will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Drake & Son Funeral Home,"¨5303 N. Western Ave. His funeral mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John Cantius Catholic Church, "¨825 N. Carpenter St.
  • Dozens of Chicago broadcast outlets and other media organizations are teaming up on a daylong fundraising event Thursday called "Chicago Helps Haiti Relief Drive." From 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., public service announcements will direct donors to call the Chicago branch of the American Red Cross at (877) 565-5000. Lincolnshire-based Hewitt Associates will staff phone banks with employee volunteers.
  • John Coleman, the former Chicago weatherman who provided comic relief to ABC-owned WLS-Channel 7's "Eyewitness News" in the 1970s, is on a crusade to discredit the science surrounding global warming. Among other things, he's accusing NASA of manipulating climate data. It's all contained in an astonishing five-part series he reported for KUSI-TV in San Diego, where he's employed as chief meteorologist.
  • There's an interesting footnote on the official bio of veteran newsman Charlie Meyerson, news director of Tribune Co.-owned news/talk WGN-AM (720): "Disclaimer: Charlie's wife, Pamela McLean Meyerson, is running for judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County in the Feb. 2, 2010, Democratic primary."

Get the WBEZ App

Download the best live and on-demand public radio experience. Find out more.