Register now for annual banquet, featuring columnist Rex Huppke

Rex Huppke

Please join Northern Illinois journalists for a special evening Oct. 26 featuring Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke. NINA’s annual banquet also will recognize the past year’s best work from journalists in Northern Illinois with an awards presentation.

Rex Huppke was a chemical engineer before going back to school for a journalism degree from Missouri. He was a reporter for the Associated Press before joining the staff of the Chicago Tribune in 2003. After several years as a general-assignment reporter, he transitioned to column writing. In 2012, he wrote a satirical obituary for facts (“Facts died Wednesday, April 18, after a long battle for relevancy with the 24-hour news cycle, blogs and the Internet”) that was named one of Time magazine’s top 10 opinion pieces of the year. The Tribune syndicate describes the now full-time columnist as putting “a wry spin on today’s social trends, pop-culture misfires and political blowhards.”

Register by Oct. 17 for the banquet, which will be in the Sky Room atop the Holmes Student Center at Northern Illinois University.

Register online or call Shelley Hendricks at 815-753-4239.

When: Thursday, Oct. 26
Where: Sky Room, Holmes Student Center
Cost: $25, NINA members; $35, nonmembers

5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Cash bar
6:30 to 7:15 p.m.: Dinner
7:15 to 8 p.m.: Keynote
8 to 9 p.m. Awards ceremony