Early life and education
After he served a four-month internship at the Miami Herald, Zorn started working for the Chicago Tribune in summer 1980. He has been a columnist for it since 1986. About four times a year for some years, Zorn and fellow Tribune columnist Mary Schmich wrote a week of columns that consisted of a back-and-forth exchange of letters. Each December since 1999 (except for COVID-19 pandemic 2020), Schmich and Zorn have hosted the "Songs of Good Cheer" holiday caroling parties at the Old Town School of Folk Music to raise money for the Tribune Holiday Fund charities.
Zorn co-wrote the 1990 book Murder of Innocence, about Laurie Dann. The book served as the basis for a 1993 made-for-TV movie with the same name. Since 2003, Zorn has penned "Change of Subject", the Tribune's first blog.
Zorn is a Democrat and has stated, "I’m a Democrat because I think man-made climate change is real, that it’s vile to discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, that access to quality health care should be a right, that the death penalty should be abolished, that income inequality should be diminished and that we shouldn’t privatize public education. I’m a Democrat because I believe it should be hard to buy a gun—especially if you’re on a law-enforcement watch list—and that every firearm should be registered, licensed and easily tracked ... organized labor and 'big government' interventions are needed to smooth out the roller-coaster ride of free-market capitalism."
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- "Songs of Good Cheer with Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn: A Caroling Party - 20th Edition". Old Town School of Folk Music. 2018. Retrieved 2020-11-22.
- Peter Robertson. "Real Life Can be as Horrifying as Fiction". Durant Daily Democrat. October 16, 1990. Retrieved on January 26, 2013.
- Ginny Holbert. "A Tragedy Hits Home – Will Dann Teleplay Help Heal or Reopen Wounds?" Chicago Sun-Times. November 30, 1993. pg. 29.
- David A. Craig. Excellence in Online Journalism: Exploring Current Practices in an Evolving Environment. Sage, 2010. pg. 138.
- Zorn, Eric (June 16, 2016). "Illinois Democrats are dreadful, but the alternative is far worse". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2020-11-22.