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5 Questions with... NBC5's Carol Marin

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5 Questions with... NBC5's Carol Marin

Wednesday, June 2, 2010
By Jeff Nuich
CSN Chicago Senior Director of CommunicationsCSNChicago.com Contributor

Want to know more about your favorite Chicago media celebrities? CSNChicago.com has your fix as we put the citys most popular personalities on the spot with everyones favorite weekly local celeb feature entitled 5 Questions with...

Every Wednesday, exclusively on CSNChicago.com, its our turn to grill the local media and other local VIPs with five random sports and non-sports related questions that will definitely be of interest to old and new fans alike.

This weeks guest... shes been the gold standard of Chicago journalism for over three decades... her dedicated focus over the years has earned her two prestigious Peabody Awards and countless local Emmy Awards... to this day, she remains one of the busiest news journalists around with her expert work as political editor for NBC5 in Chicago, a political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and an interviewcontributor for WTTWs Chicago Tonight... shes a true Chicago original... here are 5 Questions withCAROL MARIN!

BIO: Veteran Chicago news journalist Carol Marin was named NBC5's Political Editor in 2006, covering state, local and national political stories. An award-winning reporter, Carol has won journalism's highest honors including two George Foster Peabody awards, two DuPont-Columbia awards and two national Emmys. The awards cover a wide range of work that includes investigative reporting on political corruption and organized crime and a 20-year documentary project on the challenge of the facially disfigured.

Carol's career began in Knoxville, Tenn., at WBIR-TV and continued at WSM-TV in Nashville where she both anchored and reported. In 1978, she returned home to Chicago and NBC5 News where she worked as a reporter and anchored the 6 & 10 p.m. newscasts until May 1997. From 1997-2002, Carol was a correspondent for CBS News, working for both 60 Minutes and 60 Minutes II.

In June 2002, Marin and producer Don Moseley formed Marin Corp Productions, an independent documentary company that has produced hour-long programs for CNN Presents and New York TimesDiscovery.

Carol, in addition to her duties at NBC5, is a political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and an interviewer on WTTW's Chicago Tonight.

1) CSNChicago.com: Carol, lets get right into local politics. Current White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel made no bones about it by recently stating he would like to be the next Mayor of Chicago when Richard M. Daley decides to eventually hang it up. If Emanuel does run for mayor one day and wins, do you think his much-reported brash style of politics will rub the overall Chicago political landscape the wrong way or is he just what this city needs following Daleys tenure?

Marin: Here's a story I just never bought. I'm told that Rahm Emanuel has talked for years about running for mayor. But something in my brain still can't quite compute seeing him on a Saturday in January in the middle of a Chicago blizzard standing in front of microphones at Snow Command press conference in a windbreaker and a ball cap talking about plowing the side streets. Hey, that's just me.

I've been wrong before and I figure I must be wrong about this, but I don't see Rahm running for mayor. Or being mayor. Then again, he came up through the Daley administration, became a prodigious fundraiser and fearsome political operative. It could happen. But it could also happen that if Mayor Daley is out of the picture for whatever reason, that Rahm Emanuel isn't the slam dunk successor people assume. And truthfully? A defeat would be a good educational experience for him.

2) CSNChicago.com: In his year-and-a-half stint as President of the United States, what would you say is Barack Obamas single biggest success and single biggest failure so far in office?

Marin: Biggest success so far: passing a health care reform bill. Biggest failure so far: not living up to promises of transparency. That includes precious few news conferences.

3) CSNChicago.com: Carol, how about those Blackhawks! Did you ever think that this storied franchise would captivate the city the way it has and how closely have you been following this amazing team this season?

Marin: Full disclosure: I am a sports ignoramus. Not proud of that, but it's true. However, I am a Chicago booster and very proud of the Hawks for doing what naysayers believed couldn't be done. Equally unforgivable, in the eye of my sports loyal friends, is that I root for the Sox and the Cubs. And go to couple of their games... on the North Side AND on the South Side. Back to the Hawks, I watched their Saturday and Monday nights victories and will be glued to the tube until they pick up the Stanley Cup.

4) CSNChicago.com: What is the best Hollywood film about politics you have ever seen?

Marin: Don't know if it's the BEST Hollywood political film, but it is one of my all-time favorites. It is "Charlie Wilson's War. I love it for a load of reasons. Among them, I love Afghanistan, a place I traveled working for 60 Minutes II in the wake of 9-11. And Charlie Wilson proved that American foreign policy is driven, sometimes, by the knowledge of the few against the ignorance of the many. It's a phenomenal story, written originally by my late CBS colleague, George Crile, who was always generous with his help and advice.

5) CSNChicago.com: With summertime upon us and the fact that were blessed to live in arguably the greatest summer city in the world, what are some of your personal favorite annual summertime activities in and around Chicago?

Marin: Favorite activities include swimming in the lake. In fact, I've been taking lessons at the pool at the DePaul Athletic Center to tune up my swimming. And my other favorite activity is riding horses. I do it at a stable just over the Indiana-Michigan border. One of my fondest memories about horses is riding with the Chicago Mounted Police unit along the lakefront where I was once allowed to gallop the lakefront on one of Chicago's Finest's horses. It was amazing!

BONUS QUESTION... CSNChicago.com: Carol, anything you want to promote (stories youre working on, upcoming appearancesTV specials, charities youre involved with, etc.)? Tell us... CSNChicago.com readers want to hear about it.

Marin: My producer, Don Moseley, and I are working hard on a whole raft of stories. They include the continued violence of Chicago's streets; the Chicago Outfit and their relationship to politics here; and this year's races for Governor and US Senate. This is the city that keeps on giving when it comes to powerful, important political stories. We are endlessly grateful to live here and to work here.

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Why the Bears have so much confidence in Mitchell Trubisky, even as the losses mount

Why the Bears have so much confidence in Mitchell Trubisky, even as the losses mount

The Bears are hurtling toward another last-place finish in the NFC North, and Mitchell Trubisky is 2-4 as the team’s starting quarterback after Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Detroit Lions. But talk to any of Trubisky’s teammates and it's clear they believe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for this team, and it’s because of the bright future their quarterback has.

“He’s still young right now, a little green,” offensive lineman Bobby Massie said. "But he’s getting better every week, man.”

Explained fellow offensive lineman Kyle Long: “Just his poise and sense of urgency, at the end of the game to have the wherewithal to make the throws he’s making. Obviously it’s not all perfect — he’s a young quarterback in this league — but he has the confidence and trust of the guys around him. And that’s a rare thing in this league to have.”

Massie, like Long, also used the word “rare” in describing Trubisky, a guy who’s only started 20 games since leaving Mentor High School in 2013 (13 games at North Carolina, one in the preseason and six in the regular season). Massie, Long and the rest of the Bears’ locker room know how good Trubisky can be — or maybe, the way they’re thinking, will be — despite some uneven games this year.

The flashes of what the No. 2 overall pick can do keep on showing up, like that 18-yard jump pass to Kendall Wright that set up Connor Barth’s game-winning field goal in Week 6 against the Baltimore Ravens, or his instinctive 19-yard scramble on fourth-and-13 on Sunday that set up a game-tying 46-yard field-goal attempt that Barth missed.

“That’s his mentality — y’all got to see his mentality,” running back Tarik Cohen said. “That situation, fourth and 13, he’s not going down, not taking a sack, not throwing the ball away — he’s going to find a way to make a play, and he’s going to lead us to where we need to be.”

On the other hand, there were still some missed throws and reads for Trubisky (like not connecting with Benny Cunningham on a check-down five yards from the end zone in the first quarter) that serve as a reminder of his greenhorn status.

But it’s what Trubisky has done before and after those highlight or lowlight-reel plays that’s building a groundswell of confidence in him among his teammates.

The Bears got the ball on their own 17-yard line with 91 seconds left in the fourth quarter needing a field goal to tie the Lions on Sunday. When Trubisky entered the huddle, he was calm and confident — same as he was in the first quarter of the game, when the stakes weren't so high.

“He came to huddle and told everybody, 'Calm down, we’re going to win this game,'" wide receiver Dontrelle Inman said. “And that’s what the greats do. There’s no up and down with the emotional level when it comes time to actually go win the game. That’s a plus for him.

“He’s a competitor, and you see it week in and week out. He’s never going to give up. That’s the quarterback you want to be with you and throwing you the ball.”

That Trubisky’s teammates have so much confidence in him — despite the Bears’ 3-7 record — is a significant positive for his long-term development (that he’s only thrown one interception in his last 120 pass attempts is another positive). On Sunday, coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains seemed to have more confidence in Trubisky, too, with the pair opening up the playbook and leading to the Bears having their best offensive game of the season.

That trust might not lead to a lot of wins this year. It might not be enough to keep the current coaching staff in place. But the way Trubisky’s teammates talk about him, they don’t see any hurdles the rookie can’t clear on his way to becoming a legit franchise quarterback.

“It’s rare and it’s the start of something special that we get to see,” Massie said. “Hopefully — I can’t predict the f***ing future — but from this point on, it looks like he’s going to be a special player.”

Leonard Floyd's 'fairly serious knee injury' further bangs up Bears defense, stalls rising star's growth

Leonard Floyd's 'fairly serious knee injury' further bangs up Bears defense, stalls rising star's growth

You couldn’t really tell watching it live, but the replay told the story: Kyle Fuller’s shoulder pads plowed right into Leonard Floyd’s right knee.

And that’s why last year’s first-round pick was down on the turf at Soldier Field. That’s why the cart came out from the southwest tunnel. That’s why the thousands of fans in the stands watched in silence.

After the game, head coach John Fox said what could have been guessed by most who watched that replay and watched Floyd leave the field on the cart.

“Leonard Floyd left with what looks like a fairly serious knee injury,” Fox said, a somewhat unusual admittance of severity from the oft-secretive coach in an oft-secretive industry.

“I hate to speculate,” he continued, “but usually when you get taken out on a cart, it’s not great. We’ll evaluate it. I’ll talk to our docs more today and tonight, and we will continue to evaluate tomorrow.”

For the Bears and their fans, this kind of news has become all too familiar. The linebacking corps alone has seen injuries to four of its best players: Jerrell Freeman, Danny Trevathan, Willie Young and now Floyd. Then there are the season-ending injuries to safety Quintin Demps, tight end Zach Miller and wide receivers Kevin White and Cameron Meredith.

And it’s not just the Bears. This is the new normal in the NFL, as the absences of stars like J.J. Watt, Aaron Rodgers and Richard Sherman have illustrated.

But for the Bears in particular, this is a really tough one to see.

Floyd has been a force for the defense this season, the kind of quarterback’s nightmare that Ryan Pace & Co. envisioned he’d be when they took Floyd with the No. 9 pick in last year’s draft. He entered Sunday’s action with the second-most sacks on the team, and only 29 players in the league had more than his 4.5 sacks.

After missing games and battling concussion issues as a rookie last season — and still recording seven sacks — this was supposed to be the full season from Floyd that would show how much of a monster he could be. Instead, though, it sounds like that season will be cut short, a building block on that side of the ball stalled.

The football implications, though, did not seem top of mind for many Bears players, who offered their well wishes for their teammate. Remember, too, that this is a team that has already been through Miller’s ordeal, the tight end confined to a Louisiana hospital as he recovered from almost losing his leg in last month’s loss to the New Orleans Saints.

“I told him I love him and I’m going to lay it on the line for him,” fellow linebacker Pernell McPhee said when asked what he said to Floyd as the second-year Georgia product was leaving the field.

And that wasn’t all.

As the media was leaving McPhee’s locker, he told everybody to “say a prayer for my boy.”