Michael Phillips

Michael Phillips has been the Chicago Tribune film critic since 2006. He joined the Tribune as drama critic in 2002, having previously written about theater, movies, arts and culture for the Los Angeles Times; the San Diego Union-Tribune; the Dallas Times-Herald; the St. Paul Pioneer Press; and the Twin Cities weekly City Pages, where he started his career in the role of arts editor. He teaches in DePaul University’s College of Communication and directs the University of Illinois College of Media Roger Ebert Fellowship. He has also taught courses in film, theater and arts criticism for the USC/NEA Arts Journalism Workshop; the O’Neill Theater Center National Critics Institute; Columbia College; and the University of Chicago’s Graham School. He’s a frequent guest and co-host on Filmspotting, aired on Chicago Public Radio, as well as a weekly contributor to Classical WFMT-FM’s “Soundtrack.” In recent years he has introduced more than 100 films on Turner Classic Movies and co-hosted more than 100 episodes of Chicago’s own “At the Movies,” first opposite Richard Roeper and later A.O. Scott. Michael was born in Kenosha, Wisc., graduated from the University of Minnesota and now lives with his wife, Heidi Stevens, and their children in Logan Square. He’s pleased to be back at Printer’s Row Lit Fest.

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