Kathy Bergen is a business writer focusing on Chicago and its global connections. She covered Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Olympics, following the bid team to the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and to Copenhagen in 2009 for the final vote. Bergen has covered the convention and hospitality industries, the media business and personal finance. Prior to joining the Tribune, she worked for a number of other publications in northern Illinois, including Crain's Chicago Business and the Rockford Register-Star. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.