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Hold the Presses

John Callaway has died, suddenly and too soon. His was the kind of television journalism I could respect - full of intelligence, accuracy, curiosity, care, wit, analysis, fearlessness, and style - and all full of the muscular solidity of the human touch, and the human heart. You can get a small taste of his excellence via clips here at HuffPost.

He was Chicago journalism at its best. I will miss his presence, and my condolences go to his wife, Sandra Callaway; his daughters, Liz Foster Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway; and his stepchildren.


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Jun. 24th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
John Callaway
Thanks so much for your post. I just started as the web intern for Chicago Tonight this week, and am saddened that I won't have the chance to meet him in person. As an aspiring journalist, he was one of my greatest role models, always engaged with the subject, engaging the audience, never hesitant to get right to the point or linger on an interesting subject, always when appropriate. I wanted to let you know that Chicago Tonight will be devoting its 7-8 pm hour tonight (Wed) and Friday to honoring John's life and work. We also welcome you to our website at www.wttw.com/johncallaway to see archival interview footage and where there is a message board where you can share your memories of John.

Michelle Minkoff
Jun. 25th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Re: John Callaway
Thanks for your comment - and, from an old reporter, my thanks for your decision to get into our business. It's tough, not very well-paid, not well understood by the public it serves, and it's absolutely necessary to have the next generation - you - entering the lists.
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