About Our Man in Chicago

Hi. I’m Scott Smith.

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago before moving into the city proper in 1998.  My years attending college in Ohio were my most formative and my years since, living in Chicago, have been my most enriching. I live on the South Side in Morgan Park with my wife, Erin, and daughter, Abigail.

I also run a live reading series about the South Side called The Frunchroom. You can read all about that here.

In addition, I volunteer with an organization called 19th Ward Parents United, which advocates for equitable public school solutions in Beverly, Morgan Park and Mount Greenwood. I am also a board member with the Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative, a neighborhood advocacy group for diversity and social justice in our community, and the Beverly Area Planning Association, a non-profit, community-based alliance of more than a dozen civic and business groups dedicated to serving the historic Beverly Hills/Morgan Park neighborhood of Chicago.

I’m currently the Editorial Director at TeamWorks Media. Prior to that, I was:

  • Editorial director of Touchvision, a video news and entertainment startup in Chicago
  • Vice-president of content marketing at Cramer-Krasselt
  • Director of digital strategy at Chicago magazine

I’ve also written and edited for a variety of publications including Time Out Chicago, Chicagoist and Playboy.com.

You can get details on all of the above at my LinkedIn profile here.

I’ve also been a commentator on WGN Radio 720, WBEZ 91.5 FM, Chicago Tonight and Filmspotting a film review podcast. I’m a semi-regular conference and classroom speaker on the topic of digital media. You can also find me doing live readings around town, most often at The Paper Machete and Tuesday Funk. A roundup of future and past media and speaking appearances can be found here. An ethics and disclosure statement can be found here. It is particularly relevant to any writing on do on media.

In addition to the work cited above, I’ve worked as a tech support rep for a financial data services company and a supervisor at a runaway youth hotline. I spent a year as a social work grad student and also engaged in a public feud with ’80s rocker Richard Marx (which was later immortalized in a YouTube video).

In my spare time, I read magazines quite a bit and books not often enough. I enjoy The West Wing, comic books (especially Superman, Flash and Spider-Man but I’ve been a late convert to Fantastic Four), scotch, video games, the Atlantic Rhythm and Blues boxed set and the oeuvres of Queen and The Faces. For better or worse, I follow local and national politics closely.

All told, this blog is an semi-updated mix of my professional and personal interests. For more frequent updates, follow me on Twitter.

I can be reached via ourmaninchicago at gmail.com.

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