Mike Royko

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Michael "Mike" Royko (September 19, 1932 – April 29, 1997) was a newspaper columnist in Chicago, Illinois, who won the 1972 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Over his thirty year career, he wrote over 7,500 daily columns for three newspapers, the Chicago Daily News, the Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune.


Young reporter

Mike Royko grew up in Chicago, living in an apartment above a bar. His mother was Polish and his father Ukrainian.[1] He briefly attended Wright Junior College and then enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in 1952.[2]

On becoming a columnist, he drew experiences from his childhood, becoming the voice of the Everyman Chicago. Although caustically sarcastic, he never condescended to his readers, considering himself one of the people and maintaining a healthy skepticism about elites of all kinds.

Royko began his newsman's career as a columnist in 1955 for The O'Hare News (Air Force base newspaper), the City News Bureau of Chicago and Lerner Newspapers' Lincoln-Belmont Booster[3] before working at the Chicago Daily News as a reporter, becoming an irritant to the City's Democratic Machine politicians with penetrating and skeptical questions and reports.

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and best-selling author

Reporter Mike Royko covered Cook County politics and government in a weekly political column, soon supplemented with a second, weekly column reporting about Chicago's folk music scene. The success of those columns earned him a daily column in 1964, writing about all topics for the Daily News, a liberal afternoon newspaper. His column appeared five days a week until 1992, when he cut back to four days a week.[4] Studs Terkel explained Royko's incredibile productivity and longevity by simply saying, "He is possessed by a demon."[5] In 1972, Royko received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary as a Daily News man.

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