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Matt Arado

Staff Writer

Matt Arado is a part-time writer at the Daily Herald who focuses primarily on music coverage and feature stories for the paper's weekend entertainment section, TimeOut! He also works on Saturdays in the Daily Herald's Lisle office as the daytime DuPage County reporter.

Arado joined the Daily Herald's local news staff in 1999. He covered several beats while on staff, including the communities of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Mount Prospect.

In 2006, he starting splitting his time between writing feature stories for the paper and working on the daytime copy desk. He specialized in stories about pop culture, and in 2007 launched a popular DVD review column.

He was named to the Daily Herald's new Suburban Edge reporting staff in 2008, covering education and pop culture. In 2009, Arado switched to a part-time schedule so he could pursue a master's degree in fiction writing and teaching at Columbia College Chicago.

Arado has received a number of awards for his writing during his career, the most recent being a 2009 award from The Associated Press for a feature story about suburban record stores. He graduated from Lawrence University with a degree in English. He grew up in West suburban La Grange, and now lives in Chicago. Follow him on Facebook at facebook.com/matthew.arado.

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DuPage Leadership Team members volunteer at homeless shelter

Apr 20 2014 | 9:51 pm - Members of the Daily Herald's Leadership Team for DuPage County spent their Easter Sunday evening helping out at a Public Action to Deliver Shelter site in Naperville. The team members, all of them high-school students who have demonstrated a strong...

Witnesses, police help save Mount Prospect man after heart attack

Apr 21 2014 | 12:51 pm - When Jim Maglieri of Mount Prospect gives a speech at his daughter's wedding next month, he's likely to mention how close he came to missing it. Maglieri suffered a heart attack while driving in Park Ridge on March 20, and was pulled from his car...

Music notes: Bobby Bare Jr. plays Schuba’s

Apr 17 2014 | 3:14 pm - The great Bobby Bare Jr. returns to Chicago in support of his latest album, "Undefeated." Plus, Chicago rapper Twista will bring his rapid-fire vocal style to Durty Nellie's in Palatine this weekend.

Record Store Day expected to rock in the suburbs

Apr 18 2014 | 6:22 am - The lines could start forming as early as 6 a.m. on Saturday as dozens of suburban music fans eagerly wait for their local record store to open. Such a sight would have been all but unthinkable a decade ago. But it happens every year now on the...

Closed Mount Prospect banquet hall has new owner

Apr 10 2014 | 6:00 pm - Bristol Court banquets, a well-known celebration spot in Mount Prospect that closed abruptly last month, has a new owner, according to village officials. Monty’s Elegant Banquets of Bensenville has acquired the building at 828 E. Rand Road...

‘Star Wars’ creator eyes Chicago for museum

Apr 10 2014 | 6:06 pm - "Star Wars" creator George Lucas is considering Chicago as the site for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, which will celebrate visual storytelling from Norman Rockwell's paintings of everyday life to the exotic space aliens of Lucas's movies.

Classmate of murder suspect wants to end confusion about names

Apr 09 2014 | 6:49 pm - Jimmy E. Eaton, a Palatine native who now lives in Utah, says his Facebook page "has blown up" since a former classmate was charged in connection with a 1997 murder. The reason is that the classmate has the same first and last names as Eaton. "It's...

Music notes: Eleventh Dream Day playing Hideout Sundays

Apr 08 2014 | 5:55 pm - The golden age of pop comes alive again this weekend in St. Charles, when Little Anthony & the Imperials and Paul Revere & the Raiders perform at separate concerts at the Arcada Theatre.

Family moved by support after toddler’s tragic death

Apr 06 2014 | 6:05 pm - Emanuel Szyszka said he's been stunned by the outpouring of support his family has received in the wake of the tragic death of his 3-year-old sister, Zuzanna Bzdek, who police said was killed by her father, Robert Bzdek, in a murder-suicide. Szyszka...

Fire destroys Warrenville home Sunday morning

Apr 06 2014 | 5:44 pm - A house in Warrenville was destroyed early Sunday by a fire that investigators believe was caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. No one was injured in the blaze, Warrenville authorities said.

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