About Our Man in Chicago

Hi. I’m Scott Smith. Until recently, I was the editorial director of Touchvision, a video news and entertainment startup in Chicago. Prior to that, I was vice-president of content marketing at Cramer-Krasselt and 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.

In addition to the above, I’ve been a commentator on WBEZ 91.5 FM, Chicago Tonight, WGN Radio 720 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 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.

As for the rest, 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. 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.

I live on the South Side in Morgan Park with my wife, Erin, and daughter, Abigail.

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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