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For almost 20 years, I’ve been writing and broadcasting for Chicagoland outlets such as the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Pioneer Press and WGN TV. I published a book. You may know me from my Jon and Joe Show podcast.

I will occasionally write for other outlets and hope to write more books. But my primary platform for reporting and writing is in this space.

If there is one lesson that still remains from a college professor…

I understand how reading informs writing. I am a reader first.

What readers will get here is original reporting, part analysis on news of the day and longer form features reporting. It will be on subjects I have written about for a long time; sports and culture, athletes and coaches and the games we love, topics my audience and I are curious about. Chicagoland focus. 

But here’s the kicker—there is no space in the current journalism climate to get this type of reporting and writing.

If you care about original reporting with total independence…

Mainstream media is serving a wide audience. They are still practicing an a la carte approach to news and sports coverage. That coverage can be impacted by what private equity firm is now in the board room. 

A few questions to consider:

Do you read a lot? Are you an independent-thinker? Do you care about what’s going on in your community and how it impacts your family?  

If you answer ‘yes’ to those questions then you’ll want to subscribe to The Kerr Report.

I know there is an audience for hyper-local, original reporting with a distinct voice. 

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Jon J. Kerr
Jon Kerr is long time news and sports journalist, TV talk show host and podcaster. He lives in the Chicago suburbs.