Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Farewell From Lorraine Swanson At News-Star

All we can say is, we wish we didn't have to run this. Lorraine Swanson, editor of News-Star, has published her last column for the paper under its current ownership. While she's not following News-Star to its new home under the "Inside" banner, we look forward to seeing the new direction the newspaper takes, and also to seeing what Lorraine is up to next. As she says, "I'm not going anywhere and still plan to stay in the game."

This is the last Cityside that you will have to suffer gladly, as this is the final issue of News-Star under the Chicago Journal banner. Next Thursday, March 26, News-Star will be coming to you from Inside Publications.

It has been a privilege to serve as the editor and reporter at large of this fine newspaper these past 14 months. While at times it felt more like being a dog at large, it was fun nonetheless.

I thank my publisher, Dan Haley, of Wednesday Journal, for the incredible opportunity he gave me to become the editor of a neighborhood newspaper. I learned a hell of a lot. To Ron Roneigk of Inside Publications, I wish you great success with News-Star and Booster. These papers are in good hands.

Most of all, I thank the readers who collared me after community meetings or stopped me on the streets, in coffee shops or at neighborhood events to tell me how much they enjoyed reading News-Star, or that I looked ten years younger than the mug shot at the top of this column, which was taken after a very long deadline day.

Had I known that I would be photographed that day, I would have done something with my hair. I thank the bloggers who linked to us (by the way, my ass is neither fat nor does it smell).

It has been insane at times, the way a train wreck is insane, but I enjoyed every moment of it. The good news is that you guys will still have a neighborhood newspaper.

As for my future plans, I'm not going anywhere and still plan to stay in the game. Thanks so much for letting us be part of your week.


  1. I miss you already. You often were the only one to print the truth!

  2. Indeed, she will be missed.

    Thanks for all of the good work, Lorraine, and hopefully we'll see you around real soon.

  3. Best of luck.

    I was not familiar with the News Star until I saw the links at this site, but I was impressed with your work.

    I wish the other media in Chicago covered the neighborhoods as well as you did.

  4. Our neighborhoods were lucky to have Ms. Swanson. Maybe someone will find a media business model that can put her back in business.