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Three of state’s top journalists to debate Feb. 25 at NIU: ‘Election 2012: What’s In It for Illinois?’

January 19, 2012
From top: Mark Brown, Bruce Dold and Bernie Schoenburg

From top: Mark Brown, Bruce Dold and Bernie Schoenburg

As a public service in this presidential election year, the alumni board of NIU’s award-winning student newspaper, The Northern Star, will host an on-campus panel discussion featuring three prominent in-state media voices.

Mark Brown of the Chicago Sun-Times, Bruce Dold of the Chicago Tribune and Bernie Schoenburg of the Springfield State Journal-Register will participate in the panel, scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, in Room 100 of the Campus Life Building.

“Election 2012: What’s In It for Illinois?” is open to the public. Seating is limited, however; reservations are taken online.

“For over a century in print and online, NIU’s student newspaper has been a vital public forum for national, regional and local politics,” said Caron Blitz, president of The Northern Star alumni board.

“In this election year, our group thought such a ‘live’ panel would be relevant for the community. We are extremely fortunate to have this distinguished group of journalists share their diverse perspectives from both Chicago and downstate. It should be a great event.”

  • Brown, a 1977 NIU graduate and former Northern Star editor, enters his fourth decade on the Chicago Sun-Times and has served as full-time news columnist since 2000. Renowned movie critic Roger Ebert called Brown the “best local columnist since Mike Royko.” Chicago Magazine also recognized him in its “Best of Chicago” issue. Brown also worked at the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa.
  • Dold, the editorial page editor at the Chicago Tribune since 2000 and a 1994 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, has covered city, state and national politics since joining the Tribune in 1978. He is responsible for the daily production of the Tribune editorial, “Voice of the People” and “Commentary” pages. Under Dold’s direction, the Tribune editorial board has earned a dozen national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize in 2003.
  • Schoenburg, a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate and Evanston native, has covered politics since joining the Springfield State Journal-Register as city hall reporter in 1990 and becoming the newspaper’s political columnist in 1992. In 1993, he shared a national George Polk Award for a series of stories linking state contracts to political contributions. Schoenburg also has worked for the Associated Press in Chicago and the Bloomington Pantagraph.

While there is no charge for this event, tax deductible donations will be accepted at the door and are greatly appreciated to support the Star’s operations.

For more information on The Northern Star panel discussion, contact Maria Krull at (815) 753-0707 or [email protected].