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Journalists Discuss Life on the Blagojevich Enemies List

Dold and McCormick’s presentation -- “Life on the Governor’s Enemies List” -- is part of the Medill School’s Crain Lecture Series.

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January 1, 2009 | by Brendan Cosgrove

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EVANSTON, Ill. --- Chicago Tribune journalists Bruce Dold and John McCormick discuss how they wound up on Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s “enemies list” at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Angry over Tribune editorials critical of him, Gov. Blagojevich is alleged to have threatened to withhold state money for renovations of Tribune-owned Wrigley Field unless certain members of the Tribune’s editorial board were fired. The Tribune failed to respond to the threats.

Dold and McCormick’s presentation -- “Life on the Governor’s Enemies List” --  is part of the Medill School’s Crain Lecture Series.

McCormick, Chicago Tribune deputy editorial director, was the sole journalist identified by name in the affidavit charging that the Illinois governor demanded the firing of Tribune editorial writers. A Medill graduate, he often writes about the intersection of corruption, politics and governance. He has said that at no time did anyone from the Tribune try to pressure him in any way.

As editorial page editor of the Chicago Tribune, Dold supervises the Tribune’s editorial and op-ed pages. Under his direction the editorial board has received 11 national awards, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. A Medill double graduate, Dold won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for a series of editorials he wrote about the murder of a 3-year-old by his abusive mother and the failure of the Illinois child welfare system to save him.
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