The personal profile is my favorite form, and I hope it shows in the hundreds I’ve written for newspapers and magazines including the Chicago Tribune Magazine, Runner’s World, the Chicago Tribune‘s Womanews section, Inquiry, Salt and others. I’ve had a wonderful time interviewing and writing about people in fields ranging from academia to taxidermy — and I’ve never met a dull subject. Here’s a sampling:
The dogs are why I run. In nature, dogs are always running. We call that exercise, but to them it’s just their style of life. They understand and love moving forward.
My pack is a mix of about 50 dogs. When I’m running with them, they’re in a calm, submissive mood. It’s like riding a wave.
For complete story: Runner’s World, Cesar Millan, Dog Whisperer
From the time she was a high school student in Roselle, Carla Grosch knew she wanted to be a lawyer. And when she went east to law school, she was sure she’d never return to the Midwest to live. Yet at the age of 33, she began a spiritual and professional journey that has brought her within miles of her hometown, as Rev. Grosch, a member of the pastoral team of the First Congregational Church of Elgin.
For complete story: Chicago Tribune, Carla Grosch, Lawyer to Minister
If campus diversity happens one student at a time, Ce Cole Dillon was one of the students who helped make it happen at Northwestern when she entered as a fresman nearly 35 years ago, after graduating from Bloom High School in Chicago Heights in 1974.
For complete story: Inquiry, Northwestern alumni magazine, Ce Cole Dillon
Last fall when Deborah Darr put on her red wig and stepped onto the Lyric Opera stage as Paquette in “Candide,” the 46-year-old was recreating a starring role she originated 20 years before on Broadway. Few audience members could guess that it was a bittersweet moment for Darr, representing a personal triumph and a fond farewell to the theater.
For complete story: Chicago Tribune, Deborah Darr, Turning Point
Here are some additional profiles. If you’d like to see more, just ask.