James Warren is a news columnist for the Chicago News Cooperative (“Chicago” section of the national edition of The New York Times). He was formerly the managing editor and Washington bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune and the publisher of the Chicago Reader. The veteran journalist is also a political analyst for MSNBC, a columnist for Bloomberg Businessweek and an occasional contributor to The Atlantic. Warren came to Chicago in 1977 to join the financial section of the Chicago Sun-Times, where he worked as a business reporter, a general assignment reporter, a legal affairs reporter and a labor reporter. In 1984, he moved to the Chicago Tribune as its labor and legal affairs writer. He later became the paper’s media writer and editor of its Tempolifestyle section.