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President Barack Obama
Barack Obama
I have covered Barack Obama since he was a freshman state senator in Springfield, Illinois. Here are links to some of my original reporting about the man and his career:

Is Barack Obama Anything like Jimmy Carter? "Barack Obama and the Parallel to Jimmy Carter," Chicago Daily Observer, 3/24/09.

Tony Rezko
Tony Rezko

David Axelrod
David Axelrod
Mr. Inside Out, Chicago magazine, November 2007. I was the only writer granted an interview with Rezko, Obama's friend and patron, from his indictment in 2006 until he made a couple of brief statements from prison in 2012.

The Champion of Cronyism: David Axelrod, "The Champion of Cronyism: David Axelrod," Chicago Daily Observer, 4/7/09.

The Friends of O "The Friends of O," Chicago magazine, June 2008. Inside the circle of Chicagoans who spotted Barack Obama's talent, helped guide his path—and made it hard for him to close the deal during the 2008 primary campaign.

Obama 2008? As early as March 2006, a spot-on analysis of Barack Obama's prospects for the White House in 2008. Chicago magazine, March 2006.

The Audacity of Barack, "Barack Obama for Prez," Chicago Sun-Times, 10/15/06. One of the first published reviews of Obama's second book, The Audacity of Hope.

 

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