Ben Joravsky
Ben Joravsky

Ben Joravsky

I moved to Chicago in 1981 and have been writing about local politics ever since. I started freelancing for the Reader in the early 1980s and became a full-time staff writer in 1990. Over the years, I've zeroed in on larger citywide matters, with a special interest in exposing municipal financing scams such as tax increment financing. I've also written dozens of profiles and features, including my year with the Roosevelt High School boys basketball team, which was included in the Best American Sports Writing Anthology. I've won many journalism prizes, including the 2010 Chicago Journalist of the Year Award from the Chicago Journalists Association and the 2010 Illinois Journalist of the Year Award from Northern Illinois University. I'm also the host of The Ben Joravsky Show, a political talk show on WCPT 820 AM. It airs Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 PM.

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