Working the Rahm Story: Reporters live for days like this

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On Sept. 4, 2018, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel surprised the city by announcing he was moving on after his second term ends in 2019. | Rahul Parikh/Sun-Times

“Working the Story” is a video feature of the Chicago Sun-Times that explores how our reporters do their jobs.

When Rahm Emanuel announced he would not be running for re-election, it was a scramble in the Sun-Times newsroom to cover the story.

The timing was tough.

Our veteran City Hall reporter, Fran Spielman, was out of the country. So her beat now belonged to every reporter and editor on staff.

Columnist Mary Mitchell sits down with Sun-Times political reporters Mark Brown and Tina Sfondeles to talk about those first few hours after hearing the news that the mayor would be making this term his last.

The news conference no one expected


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Mary continued the conversation with Editor-in-Chief Chris Fusco, who explained how the entire Sun-Times team pulled all of the angles together online and for the next day’s paper.


We invite you to watch other segments of “Working the Story” from the Chicago Sun-Times

•Episode #1: Working the Story: The Donald and Dina Markham mystery

•Episode #2: Working the Story: What it’s been like covering Loyola Ramblers, Sister Jean

•Episode #3: Working the Story: ‘It’s hard to grasp the impact he had on a nation’

•Episode #4: Working the Story: How the Sun-Times got the scoop on ‘Dirty Schools’

•Episode #5: Working the Story: Who goes to a Trump rally? We drove to Indiana to find out

•Episode #6: Working the Story: ‘Everyone did something to make history

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