Specializes in: Profiles, Government
Jon Seidel is an award-winning news and feature writer who covers the city of Gary for Northwest Indiana’s Post-Tribune, a 65,000-circulation daily newspaper. He writes about politics, education, crime and other human interest stories in the region’s largest city.
Seidel’s scrutiny of local government has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists’ chapters in Chicago and Indianapolis. He has also been recognized for his feature writing, which includes a multi-part series about relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. He expects to travel to Indianapolis to cover the Indiana General Assembly when it convenes in January.
Additionally, Seidel assists with the Chicago Sun-Times’ consumer affairs column “The Fixer,” where he responds to readers’ consumer issues and intervenes to help solve their problems. Since January 2009 he has helped save thousands of dollars for Chicago-area consumers.
Seidel is a news-editorial graduate of Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, based in Muncie, Ind. He spent four years writing and editing at the Ball State Daily News. The Indiana Collegiate Press Association named him the Indiana Collegiate Journalist of the Year in 2004.
Before joining the staff of the Post-Tribune, Seidel worked as an intern at Wisconsin’s Kenosha News, North Carolina’s (Raleigh) News & Observer and the Florida Times-Union, based in Jacksonville. While assigned to those newsrooms he covered major crime news, blogged his way through hurricanes, reviewed music albums and worked copy desks.
Aside from writing about Gary politics at the Post-Tribune, Seidel has followed the Indiana Army National Guard to southern California and Mexico, and he traveled to Washington, D.C., to interview a wounded soldier at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He covered speeches by then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama and his wife as they campaigned in Northwest Indiana in 2008, and he wrote about President Obama’s commencement speech at Notre Dame University in 2009.
Since the death of Gary native and pop star Michael Jackson, Seidel has closely followed talks of building a museum to honor the singer in his hometown. Seidel followed that story to Las Vegas, where a group of developers and Jackson’s father announced the latest campaign to make the project a reality.
Seidel is a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Headline Club, the nation’s largest chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. As a director Seidel has helped to coordinate the Headline Club’s mentoring program, select scholarship winners and plan its annual awards dinner.
Born in Reading, Pa., Seidel’s home has mostly been made in the Midwest. Before moving to Illinois with his wife he lived in Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin and Indiana.
Last updated: 10/18/2016 ()