Barbara Brotman has a lot to show for her nearly 38 years at the Chicago Tribune. Awards. Hundreds of letters from readers. Friendships that last a lifetime. And, as of this writing, a buyout package.
That’s according to the Tribune columnist’s latest piece, in which Brotman pays tribute to a newsroom that once “clattered with the sound of typewriters.”
I started here as a summer intern, a college student still living with my parents. I made lifelong friends here. I met my husband here. I brought my two daughters here, from when they were children who I tried to encourage through their major life changes, until now, when they are wise young women who turned the tables and encouraged me through this one.