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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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Sep 20 2016 | 10:50 am - What’s it like to be a top Barack Obama impersonators? Montini Catholic alum Reggie Brown shares his stories.

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Sep 21 2016 | 11:59 am - Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire reveals 10 fall films that have piqued his cinematic curiosity. Among them: “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”

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Sep 13 2016 | 4:43 pm - What’s not to like about singalongs in the movies? Dann Gire says they hit a flat note.

Naperville native composes music for animated movies, TV

Sep 13 2016 | 12:38 am - Naperville native and Hollywood composer Michael Kramer describes the process of writing music for animated TV shows and movies. It’s more complex than it seems.

Actress Lana Wood comes to Park Ridge for ‘The Searchers’

Sep 07 2016 | 6:40 pm - Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire disses three-count cliches and previews movie events for the week, especially actress Lana Wood’s visit to Park Ridge’s Pickwick Theatre.

Dramatic ‘Sully’ soars as thrilling salute to critical thinking

Sep 07 2016 | 12:29 pm - You may know how it ends, but Clint Eastwood’s fact-based drama “Sully,” starring Tom Hanks as the pilot behind the “Miracle on the Hudson,” still keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Long, winding trip led Hersey alum to acting career

Sep 05 2016 | 11:59 pm - Hersey High School’s performing arts program became a “savior” for Arlington Heights native Keith Szarabajka, now a Los Angeles actor, voice-over artist and theater manager.

Dann & Raymond highlight kids’ fantasy films

Sep 02 2016 | 10:29 am - Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire previews upcoming movie events for kids and adults.

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