Mike Imrem

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Mike Imrem joined the Daily Herald Sports department the first week of September 1978 and a month later was appointed general sports columnist.

Imrem has held that position ever since, covering 20 Super Bowls, including a Bears' victory and Bears' defeat; nine World Series, including the White Sox' victory in 2005; all six Bulls' championship victories; both Blackhawks' appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals, one a defeat and the other a championship; more than a half-dozen NCAA basketball Final Fours, including Illinois' in 1989; four college-football championship games, including Notre Dame's victory in the Fiesta Bowl; Rose Bowls featuring Northwestern and Illinois; and a half-dozen major golf championships.

Among Imrem's journalism awards are several from The Associated Press -- including first-place honors in the state and a top 10 in the nation.

Prior to the Daily Herald, Imrem worked for the Rockford Morning Star/Register Republic, Day Publications and the Champaign News-Gazette.

Imrem grew up on Chicago's Northwest Side, graduated from Schurz High School and earned a journalism degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Since joining the Daily Herald, he has resided in Palatine and Arlington Heights.

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Imrem: For some reason, NU football underappreciated

Nov 24 2015 | 8:00 pm - Northwestern football has built a 9-2 record ... did you know that?

Imrem: High school players indeed boys of fall

Nov 23 2015 | 8:17 pm - Kenny Chesney's "The Boys of Fall," the IHSA playoffs and Midwest football in November.

Imrem: Who’s to blame for that conversion try?

Nov 22 2015 | 6:31 pm - Yes, Coach Fox, we want to hear the blame game for the Bears' failed 2-point conversion play.

Imrem: Why Arrieta’s award is a win for wins

Nov 18 2015 | 8:49 pm - Pitching victories have been devalued, but Jake Arrieta won the Cy Young Award anyway.

Imrem: Managers matter, and Cubs’ Maddon proved it

Nov 17 2015 | 6:40 pm - Cubs' manager Joe Maddon is the NL manager of the year because he instilled a winning culture into the Cubs.

Imrem: Good for all that Manning will miss Chicago Bears game

Nov 16 2015 | 7:43 pm - History says that beating up on another old Manning in Soldier Field would have been an ugly sight.

Imrem: Maybe it’s time for Broncos, Packers to squirm

Nov 15 2015 | 7:59 pm - Bears pointing up, future opponents Broncos and Packers pointing down.

Imrem: Chicago Trumps? Oh, what might have been

Nov 11 2015 | 7:36 pm - What if I could have talked Donald Trump into buying the Cubs?

Imrem: In sports, things changed with Vietnam

Nov 11 2015 | 10:41 am - Vietnam wasn't a fashionable war for athletes and Iraq and Afghanistan haven't been either.

Imrem: This season, Chicago Bears coaches can’t lose

Nov 09 2015 | 11:42 pm - When the Bears win, the coaching staff is credited; when the Bears lose, the players are blamed.

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