Jack McCarthy - Chicago-based freelance writer
IN THE NEWS

Jack doesn't typically chase tornadoes, but when he crossed paths with one in northern Illinois on April 9, 2015, he was quick to react and captured images of the devastating twister as it neared Interstate 39 south of Rockford, Ill. This photo appeared the next day on the Chicago Tribune's front page.
















John Hector, a Tribune editor, talked to Jack the next day about his experiences and wrote this story:  http://tinyurl.com/pvath8m


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Tools of the trade: iPad, keyboard, notepad and ready for baseball!An award-winning news, sports  and feature writer, I'm versatile, dependable, work quickly on deadline and often available on short notice. Past coverage includes Major League Baseball (Cubs and Sox), NFL (Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and more), Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks, Major League Soccer (Chicago Fire and others), Notre Dame, Northwestern and Northern Illinois football, NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball and other sports, plus major marathons, NASCAR and IndyCar, WNBA and even preps. I've worked regular seasons, playoffs and championship rounds in major college and pro sports. Recent clips and past coverage linked on succeeding pages.

The view from my summer office -- Wrigley Field's press box.Coverage area extends through Northern and Central Illinois, Southern Wisconsin, Northwest Indiana (and Notre Dame) plus Southwest Michigan.

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