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Sun-Times Washington bureau chief to speak Monday

Craig Chamberlain, News Editor
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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Lynn Sweet, Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, will talk about covering the capital, state and national politics, and recent war-related stories at a brown-bag lunch on Monday (Oct. 15) at the University of Illinois.

The talk, "Get the Inside Scoop on Covering Washington," will run from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 123 of Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright St., Urbana. The talk is free and open to the public.

Sweet has been with the Sun-Times since 1976 and joined the Washington bureau in 1993. She has spent most of her time in Washington covering politics and government. One focus of her reporting has been campaign finance, and she has been a frequent panelist and lecturer at seminars for training reporters on how to cover the subject.

Since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, Sweet has focused on war-related coverage. At the end of September, she accompanied more than 100 members of Congress to New York City to see the former World Trade Center site.

Prior to joining the Washington bureau, Sweet covered Cook County government, the Illinois General Assembly, and civil courts, among other subjects.

Before joining the Sun-Times, Sweet was a reporter and photographer at the Independent-Register in Libertyville. She earned a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley, after attending the UI.