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Annie Sweeney

Annie Sweeney has covered Chicago and its ‘burbs for nearly her entire career. She is gratified to have worked at both the city’s major daily papers, covering crime, courts and neighborhoods for more than a decade. She grew up in Edgewater on the North Side – though three years reporting for the former Daily Southtown has infused a deep respect for life south of Madison. Stints away from Chicago included earning a journalism degree at Mizzou, a brief time covering education at a small newspaper in Waterbury, Conn., and taking a year off to earn a master’s degree in peace studies in Dublin. She is now a general assignment reporter with an emphasis in crime, including human trafficking and prostitution issues. She still calls the far North Side home and spends most summer weekends pondering this: Is it a beach day?
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