Anna Marie Kukec

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Anna Marie Kukec has been a business and technology writer for the Daily Herald since 2000, covering everything from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses.

She also has extensively covered residential foreclosures throughout the suburbs, and her "The Dream Foreclosed" project on that subject won first place in public service from the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association, the Chicago Journalists Association's Sarah Brown Boyden Award in public service, first place from the National Federation of Press Women, first place in the Illinois Woman's Press Association, and meritorious achievement from the Chicago Bar Association Herman Kogan Awards.

Kukec also was part of the reporting team for "Our Uncertain Times" project about the impact of the recession that earned third place in the 2009 Illinois Associated Press Editors Association Excellence. She has been an occasional guest on ABC 7 and WGN Radio.

Kukec began her career as a reporter, columnist and section editor for the Daily Southtown Economist, now called SouthtownStar newspapers in Chicago's South suburbs.

In 1989, she became a speechwriter and public information officer for the Illinois attorney general's office, serving under Democrats and gubernatorial candidates Neil Hartigan and Roland Burris as well as Republican Jim Ryan. In 1995, she became a staff reporter for the American Bar Association, where she covered bar associations and various legal cases nationwide.

During those years, Kukec also has written freelance articles for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and other publications.

She has been listed in past editions of Who's Who in the Media and Communications, Who's Who in the Midwest, and Who's Who of American Women. She was honored with the 1985 Woman of the Year Award, presented by Evergreen Park High School. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Chicago Headline Club, where she had served on various committees and as a vice president, secretary and board director.

Kukec earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications/journalism from St. Xavier University in Chicago. She is married and lived in Elk Grove Village before moving to Chicago. Follow her on Facebook and LinkedIn and as AMKukec on Twitter.

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Love of talk, innovation leads to Ted

Nov 20 2015 | 3:39 pm - Kukec's People features Arthur Zards of Naperville, who founded TedX Naperville, a forum where people can share ideas. It's been gathering steam and about 500 attended the last program.

Shuttered Le Francais on auction block; $900,000 opening bid

Nov 19 2015 | 2:26 pm - Le Francais in Wheeling, which featured the late award-winning chef Jean Banchet, is up for auction this week, along with many of his artifacts inside.

Dist. 214 event aims to teach young girls about STEM careers

Nov 15 2015 | 12:46 am - High School District 214's Wildstang Robotics Team host the second annual Miss Maker Fair on Saturday at Rolling Meadows High School to encourge next-generation of women scientists.

Geneva entrepreneurs start wine business with Napa ties

Nov 13 2015 | 10:35 am - Kukec's People features Patrick and Robbin Pipp, who own and operate a new wine company from their Geneva home. But the vineyards and processing take place in Napa, California.

6 arrested in Elgin mob action Friday

Nov 14 2015 | 11:11 am - Three adults and three juveniles were arrested in Elgin Friday night after a group of people threw chairs in a fast-food restaurant, stole a cellphone and kicked a person on the ground in the parking lot, according to police.

Congressman, panel say education, resources best defense against cyber attacks

Nov 11 2015 | 11:54 am - Educating workers, providing more resources, and enacting new laws could help protect businesses and individuals against data breaches, said U.S. Rep. Bill Foster and some cyber security experts in Aurora on Tuesday.

Kroger expects to keep Mariano’s the same after $800 million purchase

Nov 12 2015 | 10:20 am - Kroger Co., Roundy's promise your Mariano's grocery stores will remain the same, even after Kroger buys the chain for about $800 million.

Melaniphy, group pave way for S. Korean ties

Nov 06 2015 | 10:38 am - John Maleniphy III, economic development director for Wheeling, accompanied a delegation to South Korea to spur deals for local businesses and even tried some martial arts.

As state budget impasse continues, suburban tourism groups take big hits

Nov 06 2015 | 5:46 pm - Several suburban convention and visitors bureaus are suffering during the state budget impasse. The DuPage Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Lake and the Meet Chicago Northwest all face losses of hundreds of thousands of dollars, hiring freezes, and...

Group asking Fox Lake officer's family to return money

Nov 05 2015 | 6:22 am - What about the thousands of dollars that were pledged or donated outright since the death of Fox Lake Police Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz? In the case of Motorola Solutions, the $50,000 they pledged to help find the officer's killers is now being given to...

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