TV critic leaves Tribune for AOL Television

By Mary Ellen Podmolik
Posted Aug. 13, 2010 at 2:08 p.m.

Maureen Ryan, a 13-year veteran of the Chicago Tribune and its television critic, announced Friday that she has left the newspaper to join AOL Television as its TV critic.

Before joining the Tribune, she worked for the magazines Chicago Enterprise and Cinescape, and she freelanced for Crain’s Chicago Business,, the Chicago Reader, NewCity, Request and other publications.

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  1. jack (me) Aug. 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I wonder if she figured out that Tribune readers weren’t that interested in the many exploits of Tina Fey, or that the Tribune itself is going to implode.

  2. B K Ray Aug. 13, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I am sorry to see her go. I really enjoyed her column. I’m sure she’ll be a welcome asset at AOL (what do they do?)

  3. kaffyr Aug. 13, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Oh, no! I’m so sorry to see her go — her column was often the first Tribune offering I read each day. She combined a talent for interviewing with good journalistic instincts and was unashamed to get her geek on; that last was perhaps the most important thing for me, because I was delighted to see conversations about Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Torchwood and the like in her column, long before they were picked up as noteworthy by other mainstream television commentators. She was also very good about interacting with her audience in a civil manner. I’m not sure the Trib can replace her.

  4. tom Aug. 13, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    OMG. What a loss. Where will you ever find someone else to watch TV shows?

  5. Apres Ski Aug. 13, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    I not only will miss her perspective on TV, but she used to do an online show from her desk. You could type in a question while she was on air on TV/movies/cable and she’d try to answer as many as she could. I liked watching it. WOW! Another one bites the dust at the Trib.

    I guess she figured there was no light at the end of the Trib’s tunnel . . . Sorry to see her go. At least it was a civilized ending and now I’ll just add an AOL link to my link bar.