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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Q&A with mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot Q&A with mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot "We can't move forward together as a city, as a state, as a country, if people aren't willing to see the other person and not villainize them." January 17, 2019
Just eight days after a glowing performance review at WCPT, the ax fell Just eight days after a glowing performance review at WCPT, the ax fell But don't worry: the Ben Joravsky Show will be back. January 03, 2019
Alderman Ed Burke out as head of finance committee Alderman Ed Burke out as head of finance committee Rahm has already chosen his replacement. January 14, 2019
Rose Farina A Brief Interview With the Daley Center's Manager of Events April 13, 1989
TIFs for Dummies TIFs for Dummies The city finally posts some (mis)information about its tax increment financing program online. November 01, 2007

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