Stephen Franklin is a for­mer labor and work­place reporter for the Chica­go Tri­bune, was until recent­ly the eth­nic media project direc­tor with Pub­lic Nar­ra­tive in Chica­go. He is the author of Three Strikes: Labor’s Heart­land Loss­es and What They Mean for Work­ing Amer­i­cans (2002), and has report­ed through­out the Unit­ed States and the Mid­dle East.

Franklin, who speaks Turkish, Arabic, Hebrew and Spanish, spent time in Egypt teaching journalists while on a Knight International Press Fellowship. He has received two Lisagor awards for business reporting and a George Polk Award for consumer interest reporting with Marcia Stepanek at the Detroit Free Press in 1983. Franklin lives on the North Side of Chicago with his wife, director of a local social services agency. The couple have two children.
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