By Dan Campana, DanCamCom, NINA Board
If you only know the Chicago Tribune’s Heidi Stevens as “the one with the hair,” then you probably have missed out on the insightful, down-to-earth, perspectives found in her daily Balancing Act column.
Stevens, who has been a reporter and editor with the Tribune since 1998, keys in on the intersection of current events and a bevy everyday issues – parenting, relationships, politics and gender bias among them — to share stories often lost in the noise of the world these days.
Recently, Stevens’s columns have covered a study on interracial relationships, the government’s view of breastfeeding and how a two-year running prank by a Major League Baseball player sparked debate over “fragile masculinity.”
And, when it comes to critics, Stevens — a 1996 Eastern Illinois University graduate who lives in Chicago with her family — hasn’t been shy about sharing the type of “fan mail” she receives that often has little to do with the substance of her writing. That includes a 2015 episode which put a focus on her hairstyle choice and led to “the one with the hair” quip in her Twitter profile.
On Oct. 18, Stevens brings two decades of experience and stories to the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association’s annual awards banquet, where she will be featured as the event’s keynote speaker.
The banquet, which honors winners of NINA’s 2018 Newspaper Contest, begins at 5:30 in the Sky Room at the Holmes Student Center on the Northern Illinois University campus.
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