You might want to write this down. Carol Marin is leaving the Sun-Times, staying at WTTW and at WMAQ-TV, and joining DePaul University, which is where her offices have been for the past 12 years.
Marin’s last column as a contract writer for the Sun-Times will run on December 13, though editor in chief Jim Kirk has told her she’s welcome to contribute to the paper whenever she wants to after that, and Marin isn’t saying no to the possibility. She and Don Moseley, her longtime producer, will formally begin at DePaul in April, though the new Center for Journalism Integrity and Excellence they intend to create in the College of Communication won’t be up and running until September.
According to a DePaul announcement Monday, “The center will offer an investigative reporting course every quarter, taught by Marin and Moseley. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to investigative projects that will be shared across a range of media platforms.” In addition, DePaul said the center will hold an annual “summit on journalism integrity.” That’s a theme that might ring with pretension under other management, but not Marin’s. Her name’s been gold since 1997, when she resigned in protest from her post as WMAQ’s ten o’clock anchor after the station hired Jerry Springer to do commentary. Reprimanded by the Sun-Times (then under different ownership) for elitism, Marin responded in its pages by calling Springer “the poster child for the worst television has to offer.” A few days later she received a special ethics award from the Chicago Headline Club.
Eventually Marin returned to WMAQ as political editor and joined the Sun-Times as a Sunday columnist. She’s also an occasional moderator on WTTW.
The new Center for Journalism will expand and embellish the DePaul Documentary Project, which Marin and Moseley have been running for the past 12 years. DePaul students have interned for and assisted Marin and Moseley in their various projects at their various venues; according to Marin, half the 50-some interns who have passed through the documentary project now have jobs in journalism. The center, however, will be located in the College of Communication’s Loop offices; Marin and Moseley ran the documentary center from the university’s Lincoln Park campus.