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Melissa Harris
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The ability to shape public opinion does not reside in a library, which will be built on Chicago's South Side. It resides in him. If Chicago loses him, it loses its broadest shoulders and, aside from part-time resident George Lucas, its biggest celebrity.
The competition for Barack Obama 's legacy is not over until he announces whether his primary residence will be here or in New York.
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The Obamas have already purchased a home in California.
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Chicago Cultural Center's grand dome is falling apart. Know anyone with $4 million?
I think it was a helpful security guard who, upon my first visit to the Chicago Cultural Center, suggested: Be sure to go upstairs and see the world's largest Tiffany stained-glass dome.
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Cigarettes, medical marijuana, gambling. Today's column has 'em all.
Illinois' population is more than double that of Missouri's, yet the Show-Me State sells 30 percent more cigarette packs annually than its more populous neighbor.
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Two Chicago tech veterans this week finished raising $28 million for a new venture fund focused on early-stage startups and already have made more than a dozen investments totaling $4.5 million.
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I'll be speaking Friday at this. Link to RSVP below.
###The current media landscape is painted as a bleak place void of jobs, money or hope for journalists. Whether you’re aspiri...
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Don't treat your writing like a double-wide trailer. One space will do.
Don't treat your writing like a double-wide trailer. One space will do.
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Glass ceiling breaks again 
Ingredion Chief Executive Ilene Gordon has been appointed the first female chairman of the board of the Economic Club of Chicago, an 88-year-old invite-only group of area business leaders, the club said Tuesday at its annual meeting.
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Jim Aralis tries to decide what to do with his business, in a gentrifying neighborhood.
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks this month is scheduled to take up a proposal to limit the redevelopment of 88 buildings in the Randolph/Fulton Market area, home to many small meat and produce wholesalers.
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Kartemquin Films picks up Kelly Richmond Pope's documentary "All the Queen's Horses" on largest municipal fraud in U.S. history.
For more than 20 years, now-disgraced Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell sequestered more than $54 million in city funds into secret bank accounts to fund a lavish horse-breeding operation, resulting in what authorities have described as perhaps the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history.
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The Chicago roots of New York's hottest restaurant.
The line for New York's hottest restaurant reaches all the way to Chicago.
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City Hall about to begin seeking bidders for redevelopment of former Michael Reese Hospital site.
Chicago officials are nearing completion on establishing a bidding process for companies interested in developing the vacant former Michael Reese Hospital site on the Near South Side, the outcome of which could ease millions in debt payments over the next decade, according to a City Hall source.
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  • Chicago Tribune
    Business Columnist, present
  • Baltimore Sun Co
    Metro Reporter, 2005 - 2009
  • Orlando Sentinel Communications Co
    Metro Reporter, 2002 - 2005
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Chicago, IL
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Melissa Harris is a business columnist at The Chicago Tribune and a two-time finalist for The Livingston Award, honoring outstanding reporting by journalists under age 35.
Introduction
Melissa Harris joined The Chicago Tribune as a business columnist in 2009 after nearly five years as an award-winning metro reporter at The Baltimore Sun. Prior to joining The Sun, she was a metro reporter at The Orlando Sentinel. She has traveled to Haiti twice on assignment and crisscrossed the United States covering everything from the Virginia Tech shootings to military base closings and the Miss America pageant. She is a graduate of Northwestern and Johns Hopkins universities, and a two-time finalist for The Livingston Award, honoring outstanding reporting by journalists under the age of 35. Beginning in June 2014, she will be enrolled in the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, where she is working toward an MBA.
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She is a two-time finalist for The Livingston Award, honoring outstanding reporting by journalists under the age of 35.
Education
  • Northwestern University
    B.S. in Journalism, 1998 - 2002
  • Johns Hopkins University
    M.A. in Government, 2006 - 2008
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