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Susan Berger
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Susan Berger is a freelance journalist in Chicago and writes frequently for the Chicago Tribune. She also has written for the Washington Post, New York Times, Health Magazine, National Post, and CBC . She covered the 2010 trial of former Governor Rod Blagojevich and is the author of a blog about Blagojevich and provided live updates via Twitter (Msjournalist). She also covered the Conrad Black Trial in 2007 for CBC writing a column "From the Inside: A Spectator's View of the Week's Courtroom Happenings and also reported for CBC Radio and TV and Agence France-Presse. She is the author of a blog about Conrad Black.

Ms. Berger has also freelanced for CBS News/The Early Show in NY and appeared on WGN-TV from the Chicago Tribune newsroom reporting on Chicago Tribune stories. She has also been a guest on WTTW-TV Chicago Tonight and WTTW-TV Week in Review. She also is a regular guest lecturer at DePaul University in Chicago where talks to graduate level journalism students about Twitter and reporting.

Ms. Berger, a 17-year breast cancer survivor, is a member of the prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors.

You can follow her on Twitter (@MsJournalist)

Ms Berger is working on a memoir "My Life on Deadline" about how cancer afforded her the opportunity to change careers and pursue her dream job as a journalist.

Entries by Susan Berger

It's Not America That's Not Great Mr. Trump, It's You.

(3) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 11:56 AM

The day after Super Tuesday 2 I find myself reflecting on the sad political climate we find ourselves in. In my 60-plus years, I have never doubted that America is great. The only person I have heard claim "We need to make America great again" is Donald Trump.

And as...

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A Beautiful Finale

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 4:03 PM

I had recently finished reading Atul Gawande's Being Mortal when I got the call I knew someday would come. My 92-year-old father had been taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

My father, Sheldon Sternberg,
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a life-long Chicagoan had been hospitalized...

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The Bill Cosby We Loved Is Gone

(8) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 8:39 AM

For those of us who grew up in the '60s, hearing accuser after accuser come forward with their accounts of rape and sexual assault by the beloved Bill Cosby is for some of us akin to a child learning there is no Santa, Easter Bunny or Tooth Fairy.

As a...

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Tweet Yourself To A Younger You

(61) Comments | Posted April 12, 2014 | 7:54 AM

We have all heard the saying "60 is the new 40." For us baby boomers, aging is truly a different experience than it was for our parents and grandparents. Gone are the "grandmas" of yesterday in their dusters, always baking and identified for the most part through their husbands. Gone...

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Remembering November 22, 1963

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 9:46 AM

As we approach the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy's assassination, I am not sure what is most stunning -- the fact that I can vividly remember that day and or the fact that I am old enough to remember something from, gulp, 50 years ago.

I was 11 years old...

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Hey, Republicans -- We've Had Enough

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 9:28 AM

I can't stand hearing this Ted Cruz go on and on about how Obamacare is not working. Not working? It's not in effect yet. He can't stand the fact that Barack Obama achieved this health care plan that EVERY PRESIDENT SINCE ROOSEVELT has tried to pass.

Sorry, but there...

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Reality Is Not Pretty

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 1:19 PM

After September 11th whenever I heard anyone say if we live in fear they win, I would jokingly say "OK, they win."

And now 12 years later, the attack in Boston has brought it all back. We live in a scary, unpredictable world with people who really hate us and...

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The Stormy Election

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 11:34 AM


'Twas the week before the election, and all through the land
Things were not going exactly as planned
A storm more daunting than any we have ever seen
Suddenly made the political accusations toned down and less mean

The president in the White House reminded us we...

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The Election: The New Reality Show

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 3:29 PM

Are we better off now than we were four years ago? That seems to be the question of the day.

Today, we are entrenched in the land of the empty chair. Political discourse reduced not to big issues of policy, even though millions of Americans are struggling with unemployment,...

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How Breast Cancer Changed My Life

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 5:04 PM

I was a personal shopper at Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago 15 years ago with many high-profile clients, including Oprah Winfrey. I was also a divorced mother of three young girls and seriously involved with a wonderful man. A man whose wife had died of breast cancer.

Life was good....

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