Susan Berger is a freelance journalist in Chicago and writes frequently for the Chicago Tribune. She also has written for the New York Times, Health Magazine, National Post, CBC and Today's Chicago Woman. She covered the 2010 trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich and is the author of a blog about Blagojevich at www.blagojustice.com and provided live updates via Twitter (Msjournalist). She also covered the Conrad Black Trial in 2007 for CBC writing a column "From the Inside: A Spectator's View of the Week's Courtroom Happenings and also reported for CBC Radio and TV and Agence France-Presse. She is the author of a blog about Conrad Black www.blacksjustice.com.
Ms. Berger has also freelanced for CBS News/The Early Show in NY and appeared on WGN-TV from the Chicago Tribune newsroom reporting on Chicago Tribune stories. She has also been a guest on WTTW-TV Chicago Tonight and WTTW-TV Week in Review.
Ms. Berger is a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors.
You can view her work at www.bergerreport.com
Why this blog?
After a long and fascinating race for the White House followed by the devastating spiral of the financial world, many of us journalists were coping with the ordinariness of the state of the news when voila! Our Illinois Governor provided us with a scandal so outrageous we had to pinch ourselves. As my friend and colleague Michael Miner of the Chicago Reader, who knows of all things media said Thanks Rod-you made journalists happy again.
So here we are. For those of us Chicagoans, a corrupt governor is nothing new. But there is something so brazen about holding up a Senate seat to the highest bidder, about threatening the Chicago Tribune by making our beloved Cubs a pawn that well, I had to cover it.
I knew this was something really special when one of the first glimpses of the governor following his arrest was a Sun-times photo by John H. White that was so ironic, it was hard to believe it was not photoshopped. Our governor peeking through a fence next to a City of Chicago sign warning of rats with a rat inside a bulls-eye. For a photographer, it is like the sun and the moon aligned.
So I hope to provide a place to read all there is about our Governor. And if...I mean when, he goes to trial, i will be there.