NBC 5’s Mary Ann Ahern Talks Political Coverage with SPJ DePaul

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Mary Ann Ahern talked about the demanding role of covering politics. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

By Monica Carter

Standing your ground, sticking to your ethics and sorting through all of the political spin are just some of the challenges faced by political reporters, NBC 5 Chicago reporter Mary Ann Ahern told DePaul journalism students on Tuesday.

Ahern talked about her start at a Peoria television station 30 years ago as well as her current role covering Chicago’s politics, elections and the recent Chicago Public Schools teachers strike. She also told the audience at the SPJ DePaul event how she got her big break in the industry, spoke on the delicate balance of raising a family while working a demanding job, and gave tips on how to cover sensitive topics regarding crime and politics.

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NBC 5 Chicago Political Reporter Mary Ann Ahern to Speak at SPJ DePaul Event

Mary Ann Ahern

NBC 5 Political Reporter Mary Ann Ahern (courtesy photo)

NBC 5 Chicago Political Reporter Mary Ann Ahern will talk about covering elections and the ethical challenges that reporters face at an SPJ DePaul event on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The event will be held in room 1230 on the 12th floor of DePaul’s 14 E. Jackson Blvd. campus. Admission is free to DePaul students and SPJ DePaul alums.

Ahern, a veteran television reporter, also will discuss covering the recent Republican and Democratic national conventions, as well as best practices for political reporters.

Food and refreshments will be served at the event, and door prizes will be given away. SPJ DePaul’s new T-shirts will be on sale as well.