Robert Feder

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Robert Feder (born May 17, 1956) is a Chicago, USA media blogger who was the TV and radio columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1980 until 2008, a blogger for from 2009 until 2010, and a blogger for Time Out Chicago from 2011 until 2013.

Early life and education[edit]

Born on Chicago's South Side and raised in Skokie, Illinois,[1] Feder earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1978.

Growing up, Feder considered his idol to be CBS legend Walter Cronkite, and he created the first and only fan club of Cronkite at age 14.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Feder got his start in journalism at Lerner Newspapers' Skokie Life newspaper. He then joined the Chicago Sun-Times in 1980, starting out as a legman for TV/radio columnist Gary Deeb. Feder eventually became the paper's TV and radio columnist after Deeb left to join a Chicago TV station, and Feder remained at the Sun-Times as its TV/radio columnist until the fall of 2008.

In 2008, Feder took a buyout from the Sun-Times.[1] After a one-year hiatus, he joined Chicago's as a blogger, where he worked until December 2010.

Feder joined Time Out Chicago as media critic on January 3, 2011.

On April 8, 2013, Feder announced in an email and on his Facebook page that with the closure of Time Out Chicago as a printed magazine and its shift to a digital-only platform, he would accept a buyout of his contract and leave Time Out Chicago.[3]


Feder currently is married to Janet Feder and lives in Highland Park, Illinois. They have one daughter.


  1. ^ a b Feder, Robert (September 23, 2008). "Columnist's 'dream come true' nears the end". Chicago Sun-Times. p. 39. 
  2. ^ Feder, Robert (July 19, 2009). "Hero, Mentor, Friend - He was a journalism giant who never placed himself above the stories he reported, says founder of the world's only Walter Cronkite Fan Club". Chicago Sun-Times. p. A3. 
  3. ^ Kapos, Shia (8 April 2013). "Robert Feder leaving Time Out Chicago". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved 2013-09-01. 

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