Award-winning sports writer Dan Wiederer covers the Chicago Bears and the NFL for the Chicago Tribune, a position he has held since the start of the 2013 regular season. As one of the lead beat writers on the Tribune's Bears coverage team, he contributes heavily to the Tribune's digital and print products. Wiederer has emerged as a respected authority on the Bears beat and consistently shows great versatility in his coverage. In addition to his in-depth enterprise work, breaking news stories and columns, Wiederer is the co-host of the Tribune's "Bear Download" podcast and also contributes analysis regularly to the Tribune's video operation.
Wiederer also frequently serves as a guest analyst on TV and radio. He does frequent guest appearances on The Score (670-AM) and ESPN Chicago (1000-AM). In the past, he has been a regular contributor to the NFL Network's "Around the League" and "NFL AM" shows.
Prior to joining the Tribune, Wiederer covered the Vikings for the Minneapolis Star Tribune for two seasons. As the lead Vikings writer, he embraced the opportunity to showcase his versatility and insight across several platforms. In 2012, he closely chronicled Adrian Peterson's remarkable MVP season with the running back bouncing back from major reconstructive knee surgery to rush for 2,097 yards. Wiederer's coverage of Peterson's exploits were prominently featured in the Star Tribune's commemorative book, "Rush to Greatness."
The Star Tribune's popular "Access Vikings" blog, to which Wiederer was the main contributor, drew more than 5 million blog reads in 2012. In addition "Access Vikings: The Show," a regular Web show co-hosted by Wiederer and Mark Craig, drew a large audience. Wiederer's extensive coverage of the Vikings in 2012 earned him national recognition as he won an Associated Press Sports Editors award for beat writing.
Before arriving in Minneapolis, Wiederer spent seven seasons covering ACC basketball for The Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina. Stationed on Tobacco Road, Wiederer closely covered the programs at North Carolina, Duke, N.C. State and Wake Forest. He covered his first Final Four in 2005 in St. Louis where his alma mater, Illinois, fell to UNC in the national championship game. In April 2009, Wiederer was on hand at Ford Field when the Tar Heels won yet another national title with a drubbing of Michigan State. That championship season is chronicled in Wiederer's book "Blue Streak: the highs, lows and behind-the-scenes hijinks of a national champion."
During his time in North Carolina, he covered four Final Fours, three national championship teams and two players (Duke's J.J. Redick and UNC's Tyler Hansbrough) who won National Player of the Year honors. In 2010, he also wrote an extensive three-part profile on legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, a piece which won a first-place award for enterprise writing from the United States Basketball Writers Association.
Throughout his career, Wiederer's writing and reporting have received widespread acknowledgment. On three occasions, his work has been recognized in The Best American Sports Writing series, most recently in 2010. He has also been a consistent standout in the annual APSE contest, winning 14 national awards in seven different categories: beat writing, breaking news, project reporting, column writing, explanatory reporting, feature story and game story.
In March 2010, Wiederer was named the top sports columnist by the North Carolina Press Association.
A native of Chicago and a graduate of the University of Illinois, Wiedererís work has also been published in Men's Health as well as the Athlon Sports college basketball, college football and NFL preview magazines. In 2008, he served as a seminar leader at the Poynter Instituteís Sports Journalism Summit.
Wiederer currently lives with his wife Jillian and son Ryan in the suburbs of Chicago.
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