Published on Wednesday, 26 September 2012 17:01
The Chicago Tribune's City Hall reporter, Kristen Mack, has exited the newspaper. Mack was offered and has accepted the role of Press Secretary to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, effective immediately.
Mack has been a reporter for the Chicago Tribune since 2009, primarily covering the Chicago news & politics beat. Her final byline for the newspaper was on September 17th. Mack's recent coverage of the Chicago Teachers Union strike brought her national attention.
Her Tribune work also caught the attention of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who asked Mack to join her office and serve as her liaison with the press.
In a brief statement today from the office of the Cook County Board President, said of Kristen Mack: "...she has been committed to understanding and communicating the issues and challenges facing Illinois government. Stepping into an essential role in the administration, she brings a breadth and depth of experience to ensure the President's Office fully communicates and engages the press and the public."
Prior to coming to Chicago, Kristen Mack was a reporter for the Washington Post for two years and a political columnist/reporter for the Houston Chronicle for six years. Before joining the Houston Chronicle in 2001, Mack was in the Hearst Newspaper Fellowship program, interning with the Seattle Times, Memphis Commercial Appeal, and the Miami Herald. She was an undergraduate at Emory University in Atlanta and received her Masters Degree from the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.