Former Chicago Tribune business editor Mary Ellen Podmolik has been hired by the Office of Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas as director of communications.
Podmolik left the newspaper last month.
She has been with the paper since June 2008 and has been business editor since December 2015. Podmolik previously was the deputy business editor and a reporter covering the housing market. She also wrote a weekly column covering real estate.
“While writing on the housing crisis and the Great Recession for the Tribune, I saw up close the difficulties faced by many homeowners in Cook County,” Podmolik said in a statement. “The uneven recovery that followed, compounded by the pandemic, continues to put homeowners at risk. I look forward to contributing to the important work undertaken by the Treasurer and her team to address these inequities.”