Mary Schmich

Columnist

Mary Schmich is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune who won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for commentary. Her column, which she has written since 1992, appears Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. A Georgia native, she was previously a Tribune national correspondent based in Atlanta. She also teaches yoga, plays mandolin and piano, and with fellow columnist Eric Zorn hosts an annual holiday singalong at the Old Town School of Folk Music.

Recent Articles

  • First to graduate from college least of what this woman's done

    First to graduate from college least of what this woman's done

    This weekend Cristal Ortega will become the first person in her family to graduate from college. That alone would be a good story, but that's the least of what she's done. Ortega grew up in the Chicago suburb of Cicero, the second of five kids of Mexican immigrants. Her father supported the family...

  • Good health requires good health care, not morality police

    Good health requires good health care, not morality police

    My brother led a good life. He didn't smoke, rarely drank, didn't eat too much and wasn't hooked on sugar. It's true that he didn't sleep or exercise enough, primarily because he had a long car commute to his job, and at that job, which didn't pay enough, he sat too much because that's what the work...

  • What the heck kind of spring is this, Chicago?

    What the heck kind of spring is this, Chicago?

    The 7 Stages of a Chicago Spring 1. Shock and denial Late March, into April. Rain, fog, thunderstorms, snow or the threat of it. In what dystopian universe, can this be called spring? Your down coat is filthy, and it smells. You've lost one glove, again, and you will not buy a new pair, not when...

  • Benny and Jorge and the quest for peace in Little Village

    Benny and Jorge and the quest for peace in Little Village

    Let’s walk together, say two former gang members as they work the streets, coaxing calm from conflict Read in English | Leer en Español Late one Wednesday night last fall, as he was lying on his couch, Jorge Roque answered his cellphone and heard an anguished voice say something he had hoped he'd...

  • Slow down. Think. Shake hands. How chess teaches Chicago kids life's lessons.

    Slow down. Think. Shake hands. How chess teaches Chicago kids life's lessons.

    "You've got to play with what you've got." Those words are applicable to everything in life, but Candice Usher, a fifth-grade teacher at Fuller School of Excellence on Chicago's South Side, was offering this counsel to Charleston Rice the other afternoon as it applied to chess. "Charleston!" she...

  • La cruzada por la paz de Benny y Jorge en La Villita

    La cruzada por la paz de Benny y Jorge en La Villita

    Caminemos juntos, dicen dos expandilleros mientras recorren las calles, para inducir la calma desde el conflicto Read in English | Leer en Español Tarde un miércoles en la noche el otoño pasado, mientras descansaba en su sillón, Jorge Roque contestó su celular y escuchó una voz angustiada que decía...

  • Talk is cheap, but speeches — even at graduations — aren't

    Talk is cheap, but speeches — even at graduations — aren't

    Talk may be cheap but speeches sure aren't. Not Barack Obama's, at any rate. He's charging $400,000 for an upcoming speech sponsored by a Wall Street investment firm, the equivalent of his annual salary as president. Valerie Jarrett, his longtime adviser, doesn't come cheap either, or at least...

  • Trump's first 100 days, in rhyming review

    Trump's first 100 days, in rhyming review

    The First 100 Days I've made it to one hundred days —A silly, bogus measure —But let me name the things I've doneFor your reviewing pleasure. Accomplishments? I've had themAnd they call for deep reflectionBut first I must remind you all:I won that great election! The people they adore meThey revere...

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