Dann Gire

Film Critic
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Dann Gire came to the Daily Herald in 1975 and has held positions of government reporter, crime reporter, Metro reporter (assigned to the Cook County Criminal Courts), and film critic on the Features staff. He has served as the newspaper's film critic for 32 years.

Gire worked as the station's film critic at Chicago's Fox TV News from 1988 to 1991, and for four weeks this summer, contributed film critiques for CBS Chicago's "Monsters and Money in the Morning" TV news program.

From 1984 to 2006, he served as an adjunct faculty member at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, teaching classes in drama, novels and short stories, film and literature, introductory journalism, mass communications and feature writing. From 2000 to 2006, he also became the faculty adviser to the Harbinger newspaper at Harper College. He was fired from both positions after a dispute with a Harper vice president over censorship issues at the paper. He subsequently gave testimony for the Higher Education committees of the Illinois Senate and Illinois House to promote passage of the Illinois College Campus Press Act that would make political firings of college newspaper staffs and faculty advisers illegal. The act became law on June 1, 2008.

Gire has taught journalism in the communications department at Aurora University since 2008. He also has been assisting professor Heidi Schlumpf in launching the university's first online newspaper, the Aurora Chronicle, in the fall of 2010.

Gire is the president and a founding director for the Chicago Film Critics Association, a nonprofit organization with charitable and educational goals. He wrote the organization's ethics code and founded the group's Zappa Committee charged with monitoring First Amendment violations against filmmakers and recommending responses to those violations.

He has won the Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism in Arts Criticism (like the Chicago version of the Pulitzer Prize) six times. He has also won awards from the Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, The Associated Press, and other journalism organizations.

Every fall, Gire delivers a keynote presentation at the Embarras Valley Film Festival through his alma mater, Eastern Illinois University in downstate Charleston. It was at EIU that he taught his first college course in communications in 1975. He has been a member of the school's Journalism Advisory Council, as well as Harper College's Journalism Advisory Committee (until 2006).

Gire holds bachelor and master degrees in communications from Eastern Illinois University. He also served as sports editor, photography editor and co-editor-in-chief of the school's newspaper, the Daily Eastern News.

He is married to Peggy Gire, a longtime music teacher in Schaumburg District 54. They have two daughters: Lauren Elaine Taylor, currently on tour as Rizzo in the national Broadway production of "Grease," and Morgan Gire, who recently served as assistant director for the independent film production "Molly's Girl."

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Holiday movie events jam local theater schedules

Dec 07 2016 | 3:44 pm - Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire previews local holiday movie events coming up in the suburbs.

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Nov 30 2016 | 6:34 pm - Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire previews upcoming movie events that include St. Nick, a demon and a “Star Wars” preview.

Shia LaBeouf's nuanced performance picks up manipulative 'Man Down'

Nov 30 2016 | 11:34 am - Shia LaBeouf becomes a cracked window into the soul of a troubled soldier and struggling father in the jumbled film drama "Man Down."

Pair from suburbs make '30 for 30' documentary about 1988 Notre Dame-Miami game

Nov 29 2016 | 6:13 am - Notre Dame's famous 1988 “Catholics vs. Convicts” game is the subject of a new ESPN documentary, made by suburban natives Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley.

‘Spartacus,’ ‘Star Trek,’ musicals on upcoming movie menu

Nov 23 2016 | 4:21 pm - Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire previews several local movie events, among them screenings of “Spartacus” to commemorate Kirk Douglas turning 100 and two of the best “Star Trek” films ever made.

May the Force guide you to the best holiday movies this season

Nov 23 2016 | 8:55 pm - The 2016 holiday movies start this week with five major heavy-hitters leading into five weeks of dramas (“Fences,” “Jackie”), comedies (“Bad Santa,” “Office Christmas Party”) and musicals...

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