Anna Marie Kukec

Business Writer
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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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Lincolnshire entrepreneur has worked around the globe

Mar 02 2015 | 6:50 am - Kukec's People features Paul Vosters of Lincolnshire, who is president and chief operating officer for Launchpoint. He talks about growing up in the Belgium Congo and how living in various countries has helped him as a business person.

Bridal web site features suburban vendors

Feb 27 2015 | 8:30 am - Kukec's eBuzz column features GetWedForLess.com, which recently started to expand and offers about 80 companies and vendors in the Chicago and suburban market. The subscription site offers brides a chance to learn about vendors as they plan their...

Lake Barrington shop owners are local version of American Pickers

Feb 22 2015 | 9:57 pm - Kukec's People features two sisters and their mother, who own Tattered Tiques in Lake Barrington. They are like the local version of American Pickers, since they go on the road around the Midwest to find unique antiques .

TV viewing apps increase usage, continue to increase offerings

Feb 19 2015 | 1:53 pm - Kukec's eBuzz column features TV apps used by Comcast and AT&T customers help them view numerous channels on the go.

Randhurst sold? There’s a contract, but deal not closed

Feb 18 2015 | 5:16 pm - Several development companies have expressed interest in Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect over the last month, and one has signed an agreement to buy, but the deal is final yet. Several firms have looked at Randhurst, including RED Development,...

Arlington entrepreneur celebrates weddings

Feb 17 2015 | 10:55 am - Kukec's People features Keith KoKoruz of Arlington Heights, who bought Fred Fox Studios and made it a part of a wedding empire he's built that includes Aberdeen's Wedding Florists, DJ services, photography and other bridal services. For a guy who's...

Interpro marks 20 years of translating, growth, mobile apps

Feb 13 2015 | 11:30 am - Anna Kukec's eBuzz column features Lisle-based Interpro Translation Services, which translates web sites, mobile apps and other products for companies worldwide. The company marks its 20th year.

Analyst: Motorola Solutions sale possible, buyer needs 'deep pockets'

Feb 10 2015 | 4:09 pm - Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions continues to be the subject of sale rumors. So any company considering the acquisition will need "deep pockets," according to analysts.

West Dundee art therapist enjoys all art forms, even belly dancing

Feb 09 2015 | 7:20 am - Kukec's People features Tricia Saviano Hammer of East Dundee is an art therapist and licensed counselor working on a Ph.D., who owns and operates Artisticology at 111 W. Main St. in West Dundee. She’s also an artist herself ... and a belly...

Faster 5G being developed in Arlington Heights for our next-gen devices

Feb 05 2015 | 6:10 pm - Kukec's eBuzz column features the development of 5G, the next generation of wireless technology for your smartphone and other mobile devices. Nokia in Arlington Heights is among the world's groups now working on the new network.

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