Adjunct Faculty Directory
Title/s: Adjunct Instructor
Specialty Area: Newspaper and Web Journalism, Investigative Journalism
Eric Krol is a newspaper editor with more than 25 years of experience. He's currently a deputy investigations editor at the Chicago Tribune, running a team of reporters who focus on government accountability and deep dives into political candidates and public policy.
The team has broken stories on federal investigations into government corruption, revealed the records of the 2019 candidates for Chicago mayor, and delved into the financial backgrounds of candidates in the Illinois 2020 governor’s race. The team also has broken down and explained complicated issues for readers.
Before that, Krol was the Tribune's government and politics editor for about a decade. He started out at as a reporter at the Daily Herald, where he rose to political writer. He's made numerous appearances on TV and radio over the years and has an undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism. An on-camera career was not in the cards, however. Not only did male-pattern baldness get in the way, but he fell in love with print journalism the day he walked into the student newspaper at the start of the Iraq War (the first one).
He got his start in the news business as a teen delivering the Penny Saver in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, but took some time off after a German shepherd bit him on the leg.
The spring 2020 semester will be his sixth time teaching COMM205.
Master's in Public Affairs Reporting, University of Illinois at Springfield
B.A. in Journalism and History, Northern Illinois University
Reporting Basics I