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John C. Barron, JOUR '80

John Barron calls his job a "thrilling combo of huge impact and high-wire act." He is editor-in-chief of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Says John, "Over 1.5 million people will see our product tomorrow and as of 5 p.m. today we still don't know what it will look like." Which begs the question: why subject yourself to that kind of daily stress? Because, in his words, "It's more fun than Great America — with a lot less waiting."

John began his journalism career as assistant editor of Crain's Chicago Business. He then moved to Detroit where he was editor of Detroit Monthly, the metro area’s city magazine.

While in the Motor City he also worked as a video columnist for the Detroit News and as an entertainment correspondent for WXYT-AM. He joined the Sun-Times 11 years ago.

Looking back on his college years, this communication graduate is most grateful for "the habit of thought Marquette encouraged. With ethics, social justice, fairness and compassion in the air, you couldn't help but develop a ‘reflex to reflect' that serves well in looking beyond the five W's of a newspaper story," he says.

John continues to be supportive of his alma mater by assisting with the university's admissions efforts in Chicago and serving on the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication advisory board.

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