Karen Anderson has just completed her first novel, South Loop, a crime thriller set in Chicago. She worked previously as a singer-songwriter and a journalist, including stints in Chicago radio and cable television. She later was a sportswriter for the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia, and a regular freelance contributor to the Chicago Tribune’s sports section.
More recently, her essays have been published in the Chicago Tribune’s Op Ed pages, travel section and Sunday Magazine. As a singer and songwriter, she has appeared at festivals in Chicago and Texas. Her songs have aired on the radio in Chicago and as far away as Japan.
Anderson, a longtime Chicagoan who is married to the Tribune’s investigative editor, earned a communications degree from Northwestern University and a creative writing certificate from the University of Chicago. She is a member of Sisters in Crime.