Becky Sarwate is a freelance writer contributing to a number of publications including The Broadway Blog, where she reviews Chicago theater productions, and Wrigleyville Nation, chronicling the highs and lows of lifelong Chicago Cubs fandom. Becky also publishes a political/cultural column for Contemptor and has written for PoliticusUSA.com, RootSpeak magazine, EDGE Media Network, NewCity, Make It Better and StreetWise. She is a manifold IWPA award winner, and has been recognized for her work eight times by the National Federation of Press Women.
Becky has a passion for educating and mentoring the next generation of communicators. She is thrilled to be a member of Northeastern Illinois University’s English department faculty, teaching a 300-level course entitled, Making Your Liberal Arts Degree Work: Writing For The Professional World & Internships.
Becky was the 49th President of the Illinois Woman’s Press Association and remains on the Executive Board as Immediate Past President/Digital Marketing Chair. Founded in 1885 and celebrating 133 years in 2018, IWPA is an organization of professionals whose objective is to improve opportunities for members in mass communications. She also serves on the board of the Chicago Writers Association.
Becky’s first book, Cubsessions, a collaboration with author Randy Richardson, was released on March 29, 2018. Throughout the 2017 baseball season, writers and die-hard Cub fans Becky and Randy interviewed a diverse collection of some of the team’s most famous fans to tell the story of divergent life paths – the roads taken, the failures experienced, and the successes reached – and how those paths all come together for a collective passion. Bob Newhart, Pat Brickhouse, Dennis Franz, Joe Mantegna, Scott Turow, Bill Kurtis, and many others, share just what it means to bleed Cubbie blue.
Becky Sarwate is a proud city of Chicago resident, where she lives in the Ravenswood neighborhood with her husband Bob and their cats, Wendy and Lisa.