Tracy Baim among 'most powerful women' in Chicago journalism

Mon. May 8, 2017 10:19 AM by News Staff

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Chicago, IL - Tracy Baim, publisher and executive editor at Windy City Times, has been recognized among the most powerful women in Chicago journalism by longtime media reporter Robert Feder.

"The idea grew out of a conversation I had with Ann Marie Lipinski, the former editor of the Chicago Tribune who now runs the Nieman Fellowship program at Harvard University. Lipinski defined power as the personal influence of a 'strong, singular voice' such as that of a columnist, while I argued that power rested with those who set the agenda for their newsrooms — and ultimately for the rest of us," Feder wrote in his column.

Baim was recognized along with Carol Marin, political editor, NBC 5; Michael Sneed, columnist, Chicago Sun-Times; Susanna Homan, editor-in-chief` and publisher, Chicago magazine and Splash; Jen Sabella, deputy editor and director of social media, Chicago; and 15 other women.

Baim co-founded Windy City Times in 1985 and Outlines newspaper in 1987. She has won numerous gay community and journalism honors, including the Community Media Workshop's Studs Terkel Award in 2005 and the Chicago Headline Club Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014. She started in Chicago LGBT journalism in 1984 at GayLife newspaper, one month after graduating with a news-editorial degree from Drake University.

Feder has been reporting on Chicago area media for nearly four decades. He writes his daily media blog at and his work also appears in the Daily Herald

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