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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