Rick Pearson (Joel Wintermantle / for the Chicago Tribune)
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Rick Pearson is the political writer for the Chicago Tribune, a position he has held since September 1997.
An award-winning journalist, Pearson has spent nearly three decades reporting on Illinois government and politics. He also has traveled the country as part of the Tribune’s presidential election coverage teams in the last three contests. He covered both of George W. Bush’s campaigns and the 2004 Democratic primary race. In 2007, Pearson was one of the first reporters to set up shop in Iowa for the leadoff caucuses and spent the next 18 months covering candidates in both parties, including a former state senator whom he began covering in Springfield in 1996 named Barack Obama.
In addition to his duties for the Chicago Tribune, Pearson also regularly reports for WGN radio and television. He covered the Democratic and Republican national conventions—his sixth election cycle attending the country’s premier presidential nominating events.
Pearson has been a guest on numerous local, national and international broadcast television and radio programs, ranging from NPR to CNN and the BBC. He also served as co-moderator of the 2002 Chicago Tribune/WGN-TV debate among Illinois’ candidates for governor.
Pearson joined the Chicago Tribune in September 1988 as a suburban reporter and later served as Statehouse correspondent in Springfield for eight years. Previously, he was Illinois political editor for United Press International in Springfield and political editor for the Rockford Register-Star.