Howard Reich to retire from Tribune

Tue Jan 12, 2021 at 12:52 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Howard Reich

Howard Reich, longtime arts critic for the Chicago Tribune, is retiring from the paper after 43 years—six years as a freelancer and 37 as a staff critic. His last day is Friday.

The Chicago native has written six books and made three documentary films. But he is best known for his prolific local journalism, especially as a jazz critic for the Tribune. Reich added the classical beat to his portfolio in 2018 when John von Rhein retired and the newspaper quietly eliminated the classical critic position.

In a farewell column Reich said he will continue to write books and films and do speaking engagements. A documentary film about Chicago pianist Norman Malone, inspired by Reich’s Tribune stories, will be released later this year.

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One Response to “Howard Reich to retire from Tribune”

  1. Posted Jan 14, 2021 at 6:53 am by Tod Verklärung

    The most important issue raised by the departure of the Tribune’s critic is whether he will be replaced by anyone who will cover classical music full-time. My guess is that Mr. Johnson will be the only critic left in Chicago to do so, though not in print.

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