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.

The Ben Joravsky Show is streamed from the Chicago Sun-Times studios in the West Loop Tuesdays through Fridays between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and airs live on the Chicago Reader and Sun-Times websites during that time. It is also being released as a podcast each day after the live taping. The podcast is available on the Reader and Sun-Times sites — and on all other major podcast platforms.


In claiming a balanced budget, what is Rahm smoking? In claiming a balanced budget, what is Rahm smoking? The mayor's recent claims on taxes and marijuana just don't add up. September 30, 2014
School board politics School board politics Don’t give up on an elected school board, Mayor Lightfoot. June 13, 2019

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