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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Rick Kogan  

Pen Name: None


Born: 1951 in Chicago, Illinois


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''.

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Titles At Your Library


-- * 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.