Rick Kogan

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General Information

Name: Rick Kogan

Pen Name: None

Born: 1951 in Chicago, Illinois

Website: N/A

Email: rkogan@tribune.com

Illinois Connection

Rick Kogan grew up in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood and still lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Rick Kogan is a senior writer and columnist for Sidewalks at the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of a dozen books, including Sidewalks I and Sidewalks II , collections of his columns accompanied by the work of photographer Charles Osgood. Kogan is also creator and host of WGN Radio's Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan and host of Chicago Live!

The son of Chicago newspaperman and author Herman Kogan, he was raised in the city’s Old Town neighborhood and wrote his first story for the Chicago Sun-Times at age 16. His first book was Dr. Night Life, and his recent books include America’s Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Everybody Pays with co-author Maurice Possley. Kogan was a longtime friend and editor of Ann Landers for the last five years of her life and wrote America`s Mom, The Life, Lessons and Legacy of Ann Landers.

Published Works

  • Dr. Night Life, Chicago Review Press, 1979
  • Sabers and Suites, The story of Chicago's Ambassador East, RR Donnelley & Sons Publishers, 1983
  • Brunswick: The Story of an American Company from 1845 to 1985, Brunswick Corporation, 1985
  • Teamwork: The History of Wells Manufacturing Company, Wells Manufacturing Company, 1987
  • Everybody Pays, Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth, Putnam Publishing Group, 2000 - written with Maurice Possley
  • America`s Mom, The Life, Lessons and Legacy of Ann Landers, Harper Collins Publishers, 2003
  • AMER MOM, Harper Paperbacks, 2005
  • A Chicago Tavern: a goat, a curse and the American Dream- The history of the Billy Goat, Lake Claremont, 2006
  • Sidewalks: Portraits of Chicago, Northwestern University, 2008 - written with Charles Osgood
  • Sidewalks II: Reflections on Chicago, Sidewalks Book Company, 2009 - written with Charles Osgood

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Dr. Night Life

ISBN: 0914090720
Release Date: 1979

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Teamwork: The history of Wells Manufacturing Company

Release Date: 1987

Everybody Pays

ISBN: 0425188671
Release Date: 2002-12-03

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America's Mom: The Life, Letters, and Legacy of Ann Lan

ASIN: B00128Z1YY
Release Date: 2009-10-13


Release Date: 2005

A Chicago Tavern: A Goat, a Curse, and the American Dream.

ISBN: 1893121496
Release Date: 2006-10-12

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Sidewalks: Portraits of Chicago

ISBN: 0810151936
Release Date: 2008-04-01

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Sidewalks II: Reflections on Chicago

ISBN: 0984126503
Release Date: 2009-10-15

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Literary Awards

  • Chicago's Best Reporter in 1999
  • Chicago's Greatest Living Journalist in 2002
  • Inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in March 2003
  • Rick Kogan was honored at the 2004 Illinois Authors Book Fair sponsored by the Illinois Center for the Book and the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Illinois.

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

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