About Paige Wiser
I'm a free-lance writer, editor, critic, commentator, muse -- so many talents, so little time. I also have an encyclopedic knowledge of celebrities' baby names. Does that sound braggy?
You can find a lot of my writing at Michigan Avenue magazine: I write the back-page essay "Gold Coasting" in each issue, and have written cover stories on celebrities ranging from Rosie O'Donnell to Jenny McCarthy.
On Thursday nights I'm the TV Critic on Patti Vasquez's WGN-720 AM radio show, but fair warning: We are prone to tangents.
I've also worked as the movie critic on ABC-7's "Windy City Live" with partner David Plummer, as a director of communications, as a desktop publisher, as an office temp, and in my teens I sold shoes at the Shop for Pappagallo in Woodfield Mall. Happiest I've ever been.
I have two kids, ages 11 and 10, and have served as the deputy room mom in charge of caramel fondue at a class Halloween party. Volunteering at school is not for the faint-hearted.
During the last couple of decades in the newspaper business, I served as reporter, critic, and columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times. Regular columns included "Planet Paige," in which I wrote about the quirkier side of the news; "Camera Obscura," which celebrated B movies; and "BioFeedback," which distilled celebrity biographies.
I earned my bachelor's degree at Notre Dame and my master's at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. I'm thinking of putting "philosopher/adventuress" on my business cards.