From the current list, my vote goes to Herman Kogan, with Finley
Peter Dunne a close second. Kogan’s decades-long achievements
as a Chicago journalist and author of nonfiction books are,
in my opinion, pretty hard to argue with. (Full disclosure: On
several occasions I have worked with Kogan’s son Rick as part of
Columbia College’s Story Week Festival of Writers.)
Much of Herman Kogan’s journalism career focused on literature,
as the founder of the then innovative Panorama arts section of the
Daily News, and later as the book section editor at the Sun-Times.
In addition, he reviewed books on WFMT radio.