Lorraine Forte rejoins Sun-Times to lead editorial board

Lorraine Forte

Lorraine Forte, former executive editor of The Chicago Reporter and former editor-in-chief of Catalyst Chicago, was named editorial page editor of the Sun-Times Monday.

It marks a return to the Sun-Times for Forte, who stepped down as a member of the editorial board in August to work for the Chicago Police Department in communications. Earlier in her career she also worked as a reporter for the Sun-Times.

Forte succeeds Tom McNamee, who retired Friday as editorial page editor after four decades at the newspaper. Forte's appointment is effective October 28.

“We’re confident that Lorraine, who served on the editorial board for three years, will only expand upon its standard of excellence,” Steve Warmbir, interim editor-in-chief of the Sun-Times, told staffers in an email. “With its sharply written, deeply reported opinion pieces and its diversity of viewpoints, the Sun-Times opinion section is the best in Chicago.”

A graduate of The Ohio State University with a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, Forte previously was a writer and producer at Nexstar Media Group WGN-Channel 9 and a reporter for the Daily Southtown.