- Published on Monday, 30 January 2017 08:30
Veteran Chicago journalist Charlie Meyerson has launched a new daily e-newsletter, as well as corresponding website where visitors can sign up for the newsletter, entitled Chicago Public Square. Each weekday morning, Meyerson will collect, curate, and report on some of the top news stories of the day -- all of which will appear in subscriber's inboxes in one handy email.
This is familiar territory for Meyerson, who first started these types of daily news emails with the Chicago Tribune 17 years ago. From 2000-2009, Meyerson created and operated the Chicago Tribune's highly successful emailed news services Tribune Daywatch and Tribute Alerts -- a first for the Chicago market and one of the first ever nationwide. After leaving the Chicago Tribune, Meyerson did similar "newscasts by email" for Crain's Chicago Business and WBEZ-FM (both in 2013).
Said Meyerson last week: "Especially with the Trump administration making big news every day, I've had an itch for some time to get back to the front lines."
That itch is now being scratched with Chicago Public Square, which officially launched on Friday night. A sample of Meyerson's newsletter can be seen at ChicagoPublicSquare.com
, where visitors can also easily sign up to receive the free, daily emails.
Meyerson is a longtime Chicago newsman, whose voice should be very familiar to Chicago radio audiences. He was heard anchoring morning newscasts for over ten years at WXRT-FM/93XRT (1979-1989). For almost as long, he was the morning news anchor, News Director, and Public Affairs Director at WNUA-FM/WNUA 95.5 (1989-1998). Meyerson was the News Director and a news anchor for WGN-AM (2009-2011). From 2011-2012, Meyerson was part of the ill-fated FM News 101.1 project on WWWN-FM/WIQI-FM, serving as Chicago Bureau Chief. In 2013, he spent a couple of weeks as interim host of WBEZ-FM's "Afternoon Shift" and many months blogging for the WBEZ-FM website.
He began his professional career in radio as News Director at west suburban WMRO-AM and WAUR-FM in the late 1970s, after spending a few years as a DJ, news reporter, and news anchor and downstate WPGU-FM, while a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received his journalism degrees.
In addition to his impressive radio career, Meyerson was a writer, columnist, senior producer, and editor for the Chicago Tribune and the Wednesday Journal of Oak Park. Meyerson even spent a few years in the 1980s as a newswriting instructor at Chicago's Columbia College, and in 2014 served as a Journalism professor at Roosevelt University.
The Chicago Public Square daily e-newsletter will be in addition to Meyerson's other duties. He will continue serve as Vice President of Editorial & Development and the guiding force behind the award-winning, Chicago-based news app Rivet Radio, where Meyerson has worked since 2013. He will also continue to be the Principal behind the Chicago area consulting firm Meyerson Strategy, which he has operated since 2012.
A native of St. Clair Shores, MI, Meyerson is the winner of numerous awards and honors for his journalistic excellence, including Edward R. Murrow awards, Peter Lisagor awards, Illinois Broadcaster Association Silver Dome awards, Illinois AP awards, and both regional and national UPI awards. Meyerson was inducted into the Illini Media Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008.
One of his sons has chosen to follow in his journalistic footprints. Ben Meyerson is the Editor of the Chicago Tribune's Business section Blue Sky Innovation, as well as the President-Elect for the Chicago Headline Club.