Ten years ago this week, Bob Greene was fired from the Chicago Tribune by then-editor Ann Marie Lipinski for having what she called an inappropriate relationship with a woman who interviewed him for her school newspaper. (She was an adult when the two eventually paired up.)
Greene, 65, now a CNN.com contributor, tells Robert Feder:
I continue to enjoy looking for stories, and trying to do the best job I can reporting and writing them. I treasure the 31 years of writing columns for Chicago newspapers, and miss the old friends and colleagues who are no longer with us.
The Tribune’s Eric Zorn says of Greene:
The one book he hasn’t written — either doesn’t want to write or is perhaps incapable of writing — is a brutally candid account of his phenomenal rise, long cruise at altitude, devastating crash and painful period of recovery (tragically, his wife died of a respiratory illness four months after he left the Tribune).
* Bob Greene, 10 years later: “Trying to do the best job I can” (timeoutchicago.com)
* A look back at former Tribune columnist Bob Greene (chicagotribune.com)
* From 2003: The confessions of Bob Greene (esquire.com)
Here’s some how-to-get-ahead-in-journalism tips that Greene gave to college freshman Jim Romenesko: