Burt Constable

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Burt Constable grew up on a farm in Goodland, Ind., where he learned how to plant, cultivate, rotary hoe and be fearful of cows. He is a 1976 graduate of South Newton High School, and graduated from Northwestern University in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Burt worked for the Lafayette (Ind.) Journal & Courier and the Washington (Iowa) Evening Journal before becoming police reporter with the Daily Herald in 1981. He worked as a copy editor and later covered courts, crime and some sports and general assignment stories before becoming a full-time columnist in 1988 alongside legendary Chicago columnist Jack Mabley.

He has won several awards, generally for covering tragedies. Burt and his wife have three sons and live in the suburbs.

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Constable: Vietnam bracelets still make bold statement

May 27 2018 | 7:42 am - In the 1970s, metal bracelets featuring the names of United States servicemen captured or missing in action during the Vietnam War were a popular fashion statement for young people. Those bracelets still make a statement.

He overcame a horrific childhood. Now his story is a movie.

May 24 2018 | 8:49 am - Once told he had no chance to overcome a horrific childhood of neglect and abuse, Steve Pemberton of Highland Park will bring his wife and their three teenagers to New York City for Wednesday’s premiere of “A Chance in the World,”...

Man lost his stomach to cancer, and it fed his spiritual growth

May 22 2018 | 6:28 am - Wauconda’s Kevin Barnes was a charitable and God-loving person. Then he lost his stomach to cancer, and made a discovery.

‘I love you, so I’m hitting you’: Mother, daughter bond through boxing

May 10 2018 | 6:13 am - There are lots of ways for mothers and daughters to bond. Kathleen and Brianna Jones say they grow closer through boxing, even when they’re sparring together. The mom just won her Golden gloves division, and the 17-year-old daughter would like...

Constable: You can take the boy out of Boy Scouts and be just fine

May 03 2018 | 6:24 am - My debut column in the Daily Herald in 1988 suggested that the Boy Scouts needed to update their image and stop calling themselves “boys” if they wanted to stay viable. Thirty years later, the Scouts are doing that.

Constable: Beloved trees branch into a collection of stories

Apr 30 2018 | 11:15 pm - Trees are so much more than woody plants. They are collectors of memories and producers of stories.

Constable: Woodpeckers are nature's drum soloists

Apr 26 2018 | 6:22 am - This time of year, songbirds often wake up suburbanites. Then there are those suburban birds that only do drum solos.

Constable: For teenage cast, Orwell’s ‘1984’ resonates onstage and off

Apr 28 2018 | 4:51 pm - It’s spring, and many high schools are performing bright, cheery, uplifting theater productions that leave parents smiling. Rolling Meadows High School and theater director Britnee Ruscitti Kenyon are going in a different direction.

Constable: Do you feel spring in your bones?

Apr 17 2018 | 8:11 am - Can your mom’s arthitic knee, grandpa’s trick elbow or your own aches and pains predict the weather? The science is a bit iffy, but folks who “feel it in my bones” have a point.

Cats saved in Cary house fire with aid of oxygen masks

Apr 14 2018 | 11:16 am - Residents escaped a house fire in Cary, but firefighters had to go into the house and use special oxygen masks to save two cats.

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