A native of Philadelphia, John Mullin earned his BA in history from the University of Dayton and then his Master's of Education, with a specialty in history/political science, from Xavier University. Prior to joining the DePaul faculty, John taught journalism courses in graduate programs at National-Louis University.
John is perhaps best known nationally for his coverage of the Chicago Bears since the closing days of the Mike Ditka era for the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald newspapers, and currently for NBC Sports Chicago. He has won numerous writing awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors and Pro Football Writers of America in addition to an Emmy award for his "Bears Insider" segment on the FOX-TV Bears pregame show.
John's work has been nationally syndicated and he is the author of four books: The Rise and Self-Destruction of the Greatest Football Team in History - The Chicago Bears and Super Bowl XX; Tennis and Kids - The Family Connection (with Jim Fannin); The 100 Best Chicago Sports Arguments; and Tales from the Chicago Bears Sidelines. John also was involved in the beginnings of online reporting as the Chicago correspondent for the venerable Sporting News and has continued online work with occasional blog entries in his capacity as a Tribune reporter.
Not all roads have involved sports. John won a Peter Lisagor nomination and second place for the multi-part "Foreign Investment in the Suburbs" series while a Business Writer and Columnist for the Daily Herald. Previously he was director of creative services (editorial, design, audio-visual, speechwriting) for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange after serving as managing editor for a trade magazine in the commercial recycling industry.
John was the editor/writer of two monthly publications for CNA Insurance Company after beginning his writing career with two years as a freelance writer. Those years were marked by work as an independent for magazines and specialty publications.
John is a devout bicyclist who has toured much of Illinois and parts of the West and Midwest. Most recently, using blog, video and recorded interviews, he and a small contingent chronicled sustainable energy, agriculture, tourism and other local highlights on a week-long cycling tour of Illinois. His passions also include music and he performs professionally with his guitar as part of the trios "JoBreen" and "Kat and the Fret Boys" in the Chicago area. A former tennis club professional, his favorite candy is "Peeps" (the older, the better), his favorite mode of transportation is trains, and he is proficient with a jackhammer and at servicing diesel locomotives.