Rick Kogan

Columnist Sidewalks

Born and raised and still living in Chicago, Rick Kogan has worked for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times and the Tribune, where he is currently a senior writer and columnist. Named Chicago's Best Reporter in 1999 and inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003, he is currently host of “After Hours with Rick Kogan” on WGN radio. He is the author of a dozen books, including “Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth” (with Maurice Possley), “America's Mom: The Life, Lessons and Legacy of Ann Landers,” “A Chicago Tavern,” the history of the Billy Goat, and “Sidewalks I” and “Sidewalks II,” collections of his columns and the work of photographer Charles Osgood.

Recent Articles

  • Baltimore Sun parent Tronc acquires New York Daily News

    Baltimore Sun parent Tronc acquires New York Daily News

    Tronc, the parent company of The Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, has acquired the venerable New York Daily News. This deal for the tabloid, which includes the Daily News' website and other assets, has been in the works for some months and was finalized Sunday. The deal carries...

  • 'Growing Pains' mom doesn't cut it as a seductress

    If you can't swallow the idea, let alone the sight, of Joanna Kerns (the mom on "Growing Pains") as a Southern seductress, you are going to have a very hard time getting into "The Nightman" (9 p.m. Sunday, Channel 2). The film is directed by former "Hill Street Blues" policeman Charles Haid with...

  • 'Billy' wastes Connolly's comic talents

    Billy Connolly is not the first and won't be the last talented performer to be spindled and mutilated by network knuckleheads. This often-brilliant Scottish comic made his first network series foray as the replacement for Howard Hesseman during the last limp season of "Head of the Class." He returns...

  • Dahmer case comes to cable's Court TV

    CHICAGO -- The phone rang, and when I picked it up, a man said, "How do I get cable TV?" This happens all the time. I told him whom to call, then I asked, as I do all the time, why he wanted cable. "Dahmer, man, Dahmer," he said. "I want to see him get what's coming to him. I want to see him hang."...

  • 'Drive Like Lightning' never quite gets its engine started

    I've got to hand it, reluctantly, to a movie that is able to make me wistful for the artistry of that famous stuntman Evel Knievel. "Drive Like Lightning" (9 tonight on USA cable) takes its dramatic narrative through that long -- but perhaps understandably -- neglected subculture of daredevil automobile...

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