Varen Black, M.A., brings a considerable amount of knowledge and experience to Columbia College Chicago. She grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where her family still resides. After earning her Master of Arts degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida in 1984, she worked as a reporter and anchor for seventeen years here in Chicago, Miami, Denver and other markets across the country. She is a former correspondent for WTTW-Channel 11's Chicago Tonight (2000-2001) and for WBBM-TV 2 (1996-2000). Varen's professional career also includes producing for CNN (Chicago), acting (U.S. Marshals with Tommy Lee Jones in 1998) and webcast hosting (Healthology.com in 2001).
After retiring from on-camera work in 2001, Varen entered the teaching profession; one that she truly enjoys and finds rewarding. She began teaching at Columbia College fall of 2000. The former journalist has shared her expertise in Oral Expression, English Composition and Broadcast News Writing. Her teaching background also includes working at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism where she taught basic news writing and reporting skills. Finally, Varen maintains a strong desire to challenge and motivate her students to achieve their fullest potential.
Office Location: English Department, 5th floor, 33 E. Congress
Office Phone: 312-369-8125
Department of English
Columbia College of Chicago
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605