Rick Kogan was born in Chicago and raised in the city's Old Town neighborhood. At age 16, Kogan launched his newspaper career at the tumultuous 1968 Democratic National Convention. Kogan has written for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Tribune, where he is now a senior writer and columnist. He has been named Chicago's Best Reporter, Chicago's Greatest Living Journalist, and in 2003 he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame. He is the author of a dozen books, including Yesterday's Chicago (in collaboration with his father, Herman); Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder, and the Price of Truth (in collaboration with Maurice Possley); America's Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Legacy of Ann Landers; A Chicago Tavern: A Goat, a Curse, and the American Dream; and Sidewalks I and Sidewalks II, embellished by the photographs of Charles Osgood. He is also the creator and host of WGN's Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan, hosted WBEZ's Afternoon Shift, and is currently the host of WGN's Sunday evening program After Hours.