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Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1953 in Savannah, Georgia

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Shmich is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, and lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mary Schmich grew up in Georgia. She went to high school in Phoenix and attended Pomona College in California, where she co-edited the college newspaper. After working in college admissions for three years and spending a year and a half in France, Mary Schmich attended journalism school at Stanford. She has worked as a reporter at the Peninsula Times Tribune in Palo Alto, California, at the Orlando Sentinel and, since 1985, at the Chicago Tribune. Briefly a features writer, she then spent five years as a national correspondent based in Atlanta. She has written a column since 1992. She writes three times a week mostly about Chicago but also about life at large. She has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a Pulitzer finalist for both features and commentary. In 2012, she received the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. From 1985 through 2010 she wrote the Brenda Starr comic strip. Schmich's last day at the Tribune was June 18, 2021.


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-- Pulitzer Prize in 2012