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Steve Daley
Steve Daley is a Washington-based writer and consultant who spent 16 years as a correspondent and columnist for The Chicago Tribune.

Daley spent seven years in the Tribune’s Washington bureau as national political correspondent and as the paper’s chief Congressional correspondent. Between 1989 and 1996 he wrote a Sunday column on national politics, and was the paper’s lead political reporter.

He joined the Tribune in 1981 as a sportswriter. He spent three years co-hosting a nationally syndicated radio show, The Sportswriters, on WGN Radio. In 1984, Daley became the paper’s television critic and media columnist, covering television programming and new media issues. He moved to the Tribune’s Washington bureau in 1989.

He is an adjunct professor of writing in the Master’s program in Communications at Johns Hopkins University (Washington DC Center) and writes on the Web for the nationally syndicated comic strip "Shoe" -

Daley has written for the Washington Post, the Columbia Journalism Review, Washingtonian magazine, the Washington Star, the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle, among other publications. He currently writes for the online version of the nationally syndicated comic strip Shoe. As a member of the Tribune’s Washington bureau, he was a frequent guest on C-Span, CNN, MSNBC and NPR.

He is a graduate of American University in Washington, where he earned a B.A. in political science.

Blog Entries by Steve Daley

Jim Riggleman Goes Off DC Script

Posted June 26, 2011 | 13:41:06 (EST)

Jim Riggleman grew up in the Maryland suburbs outside Washington D.C. But it's clear he doesn't know much about the culture of the Federal City.

No one quits here. Absent personal disgrace (see Anthony Weiner) or historic ignominy (see Richard M. Nixon), no one in Washington walks away from the...

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Ways and Means

Posted August 13, 2010 | 13:53:27 (EST)

In the death of Rep. Dan Rostenkowski of Chicago, there is for some of us a kind of guilty pleasure.

The obits have struggled to give the former chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee his due as a legislator, as a master of reaching bipartisan...

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I Gave at the Office

Posted May 13, 2010 | 19:06:09 (EST)

Back in early 1976 I was running a bar on H St. NW in Washington D.C. The Class Reunion was a saloon for grown ups, a gathering place for reporters, lawyers, politicos, PR types and, after hours, other bar people and people I let stay and drink for free.


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Eric Massa and the Small Town Democrats

Posted March 10, 2010 | 11:30:11 (EST)

My father was the town Democrat. At least it felt that way growing up in Corning, N.Y.

Before my father, my maternal grandfather pretty much held the title in the small, scenic company town (Corning Inc.) in the Republican stronghold of southwestern New York State.

Joe Daley and...

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Obama's Home-Grown GOP Problem

Posted February 23, 2010 | 13:17:52 (EST)

Political fights in Chicago are for the most part intramural affairs. They are famously raucous, play out at high volume and are sometimes genuinely ugly. But it's Democrat on Democrat, and it always has been.

Perhaps that is part of the reason President Obama and his Chicago-based inner circle...

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