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. In that time, I’ve worked as a tech support rep and a supervisor at a runaway youth hotline. I’ve also written and edited for a variety of publications including Time Out Chicago, Chicagoist and Playboy.com and engaged in a public feud with ’80s rocker Richard Marx (which was later immortalized in a YouTube video). Most recently, I’ve been the Director of Digital Strategy at Chicago magazine and worked as an account director with Social@Ogilvy, a social media-focused team at Ogilvy & Mather, an advertising, marketing and public relations agency.
In addition to the above, I’ve been a commentator on Chicago Tonight, WGN Radio 720, and Filmspotting, a film review podcast. I’ve also 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.
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), whiskey, 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 Beverly 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 and found on LinkedIn here.