Sun-Times deputy editor Kate Grossman wins U. of C. fellowship

Kate Grossman

Kate Grossman

Kate Grossman, deputy editorial page editor of the Sun-Times, has been awarded a fellowship at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

Grossman was one of eight fellows named Monday to the prestigious program focusing on current political and public policy topics for the spring quarter.

“Not only is this one of the largest groups of fellows that we have ever welcomed to the IOP, it is more importantly one of the most diverse and dynamic,” David Axelrod, founder and director of the non-partisan public policy and public service institute, said in a statement. “I look forward to these fellows illuminating and inspiring our students on a wide range of issues during the coming months.”

Starting March 30, Grossman will spend 10 weeks on campus examining education issues and the debate over how best to improve schools.

“I'm looking forward to soaking up all the university has to offer, trying my hand at teaching and immersing myself in school policy and politics,” she said. “I feel lucky to get this opportunity and grateful to editorial page editor Tom McNamee and the Sun-Times for supporting me.”

Grossman, a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, previously was a reporter for the Associated Press and the Providence Journal in Providence, Rhode Island. She joined the Sun-Times in 2000, specializing in coverage of Chicago’s public housing and schools, and was named deputy editorial page editor in 2008. In 2010 Grossman received the Studs Terkel Community Media Award from the Community Media Workshop.

Other fellows named Monday were: LZ Granderson, columnist for ESPN and CNN; Davis Guggenheim, director and executive producer of the Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth”; Suat Kınıklıoğlu, writer and former member of the Turkish Parliament; Ray LaHood, former U.S. Transportation secretary and former member of the U.S. House of Representatives; Dan Pfeiffer, former White House special adviser under President Barack Obama; Mark Udall, former U.S. senator; and Genevieve Wood, senior contributor to The Daily Signal at the Heritage Foundation.