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Orrin Schwarz

DuPage County High School Sports Coordinator and Pro Sports Writer
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Orrin Schwarz was named Assistant Sports Editor/DuPage in 2003 after spending four years in the same position in the Daily Herald's Tri-Cities office. He is responsible for all high school sports coverage in DuPage County. Among his duties, Schwarz assigns, edits and paginates stories about varsity sports for DuPage County's 28 high schools, as well as its five local colleges. He frequently can be found covering a wide variety of high school sports.

Since joining the Daily Herald in 1999, Schwarz has coordinated the Daily Herald's boys and girls soccer Top 20s. He was named the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association media person of the year in 2002. He also won an award from the Society of News Design in 1998.

Schwarz also serves as the Daily Herald's beat writer covering professional soccer, including the Chicago Fire, the Chicago Red Stars and the United States national teams. He is a member of the North American Soccer Reporters organization and votes each week for the Major League Soccer Player of the Week award. He's also a voter for MLS Player of the Month, as well as postseason awards. Schwarz writes a weekly pro soccer column.

Prior to joining the Daily Herald, Schwarz worked at The Times of Northwest Indiana as a copy editor and assistant sports editor, and he was a freelance sports writer for the Chicago Sun-Times. Schwarz has covered high school sports in the Chicago area since 1991.

Schwarz graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a double major of English and history. He also has a master's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in American history.

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Go figure: Fire misses out on Jermaine Jones

Aug 24 2014 | 11:24 pm - The Chicago Fire is feeling today a little like the efficient, hard-working employee who winds up on the unemployment line anyway.

Confusion over Jones continues

Aug 22 2014 | 12:31 am - [No Paragraph Style]NewsFrank Yallop took the middle road Thursday.
The Chicago Fire coach and director of soccer said he doesn’t know if U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones has signed with Major League Soccer.

Jermaine Jones destined for MLS — and maybe Fire

Aug 21 2014 | 12:09 am - U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones has signed with Major League Soccer and should find out within the next 24-48 hours whether he will play for the Chicago Fire or New England Revolution, sources said.

Fire thrilled with 1-0 win over New York

Aug 10 2014 | 10:58 pm - A victory, a shutout, and smiles all around Toyota Park as Chicago Fire pulls out a 1-0 win over the New York Red Bulls Sunday night.

No help in sight for Fire run at playoffs

Aug 07 2014 | 8:58 pm - On the day of the Chicago Fire’s annual White Party charity fundraiser, Frank Yallop refused to raise the white flag. Fire fans saw it clearly anyway. Orrin Schwarz has more on the club, which could miss the playoffs again.

Fire may sign Argentine forward, but could lose Jones

Aug 02 2014 | 12:03 pm - Frank Yallop and Brian Bliss have spent much of the nine months since taking over the Chicago Fire front office remaking the team roster. While one report says Jermaine Jones has rejected a $6 million offer from the Fire, sources tell the Daily...

Some good (shutout), some bad (another tie)

Jul 31 2014 | 12:25 am - Clearly, a drastic move had to be made. Another might be coming. The Chicago Fire went to a new pairing at central defense Wednesday night, getting a 0-0 draw against Vancouver as a result at Toyota Park.

Pineda doing what he can to get back to Fire

Jul 19 2014 | 11:48 pm - When he signed in 2010 at age 17 as the Chicago Fire’s first homegrown player, Victor Pineda looked destined for great things. That career is still possible, but it will have to restart here, 183 miles to the southeast of Toyota Park. The...

In weak Eastern Conference, Fire can still make playoffs

Jul 18 2014 | 2:10 pm - The Fire has a tremendous opportunity to return to the MLS playoffs this season, and an unbelievably weak Eastern Conference makes it possible, as Orrin Schwarz explains.

Sorting out World Cup winners and losers

Jul 12 2014 | 3:15 pm - Every once in a while a big event lives up to the hype. Take a bow, World Cup 2014. Forgetting about the Argentina-Netherlands semifinal for a minute, this tournament has been fantastic, ranking as perhaps the best ever. Orrin Schwarz offers up his...

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