Chicago Tribune columnist Rex Huppke sent out the following excerpt note:
Buckle up, friends, I have news.
Tomorrow will be my last day at the Chicago Tribune, the wonderful newspaper I’ve called home for nearly 20 years. I’ll soon be starting a new job as a columnist at USA TODAY. I’m outlandishly excited about the opportunity and I’ve been occasionally breaking into little happy dances, something I hope no one ever witnesses.
This decision to leave was mine entirely. It was time for a new challenge, and I look forward to writing for USA Today’s national and international audience. I’m humbled to join the amazing team at USA TODAY Opinion and all the great journalists throughout the USA Today network.
I want to thank my Tribune bosses Phil Jurik and Mitch Pugh for being so gracious about my departure and giving me the time to wrap things up and say a proper farewell. Class acts, all the way. The Tribune is in good hands.
You’ll be hearing more about the new USA Today adventure in the days and weeks to come, of course. In the meantime, I have a final column to write, a mountain of memories to sift through and a sky full of lucky stars to thank.