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Jon Anderson

Born: March 13, 1936 in Montréal, Canada
Died: January 15, 2014 in Chicago

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Anderson was transferred to Chicago in 1963 as an employee of Time magazine. He lived in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Biography: Jon Anderson was a journalist for over five decades. His career dated back to 1959 in his native Montreal, where Anderson wrote for Time magazine where he was transferred to Chicago. He later went on to work for the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Daily News, Chicago Tribune and Second City. Anderson retired from the Tribune in 2006 , where since 1995 he had written the City Watch column about the everyday people of Chicago. He also wrote a society column for the Daily News with his wife at the time, Abra Prentice Wilkin, a descendant of John D. Rockefeller, and the two went on to start The Chicagoan magazine, which had a short run in the 1970s. Anderson was awarded the 1999 Studs Terkel Award by the Community Media Workshop of Chicago in recognition of his reporting on Chicago's diverse neighborhoods.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Jon Anderson on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

City watch :
ISBN: 0877457522 OCLC: 50322288

University of Iowa Press, Iowa City : ©2001.

In forty-five years as one of Chicago's liveliest journalists for Time, Life, and the Chicago Tribune, Jon Anderson has established a reputation for picking up on what someone once called "the beauty of the specific fact." Part "Talk of the Town," part On the Road with Charles Kuralt, Anderson's twice-a-week "City Watch" columns in the Chicago Tribune seek out interesting and unexpected people and places from the everyday life of what the author calls the "most typical American big city." In the process he discovers the joys and triumphs of ordinary people.