Becky Sarwate is a freelance theater critic at The Broadway Blog, where she reviews Chicago theater productions. She’s written for Contemptor, Wrigleyville Nation, 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 nine times by the National Federation of Press Women.
Becky has a passion for educating and mentoring the next generation of communicators. She’s a former member of Northeastern Illinois University’s English department faculty, where she taught 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 135 years in 2020, 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, chairing the organization’s annual Book of the Year Awards.
Becky’s 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 Uptown neighborhood with her husband Bob, their cats Wendy and Lisa and their dog, RuPaul.