John McCormick joined the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune in September 2000 and was named deputy editor of the editorial pages in May 2001. He writes primarily about public corruption, violent crime and national affairs. Before joining the Tribune, he was Chicago bureau chief of Newsweek, where he directed the magazine’s coverage of 10 Midwestern states.
He received the 2002 Distinguished Writing Award for editorial writing from the American Society of Newspaper Editors, and the 2003 Walker Stone Award for editorial writing from the Scripps Howard Foundation. In 2009, he and colleagues Marie Dillon and Bruce Dold received the Society of Professional Journalists award for editorial writing. They also were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing. Dillon and McCormick again were finalists in 2010. In 2011, McCormick was named a finalist for the third consecutive year.
McCormick began his journalism career as a night copy clerk for the Chicago Daily News while he was a student at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. After graduating from Northwestern in 1972, he worked as a reporter and columnist for the Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph Herald. He also freelanced from the Midwest for the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and the Atlantic Monthly.
In 1982, McCormick joined Newsweek as a Chicago-based correspondent. He became Chicago bureau chief in 1987. He focused on policy questions through the lives of the people they influence: how women welfare recipients claw their way into the mainstream economy, why juvenile court judges often return children to the parents who had brutally abused them, what forces drive the nation’s homicide rate.
Since McCormick joined the Tribune, his editorials have helped push Chicago to slash its intolerably high murder rate by approximately one-third. He also writes about the intersection of corruption, politics and governance in Chicago and Illinois.
McCormick is a native of Manchester, Iowa. He and his wife, Dawn, have two sons, Michael and Conor.
- Northwestern Universityjournalism
- Campion Jesuit High School
- Chicago TribuneDeputy Editorial Page Editor, 2000 - present
- NewsweekMidwest Bureau Chief, 2000