"Chicagoland" brings fresh depth to documentaries

"Chicagoland," a terrific series, opened March 6 on CNN and continues -- Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays -- for eight weeks. Here's the story I sent to papers.

Wedged in the middle, CNN keeps re-inventing itself

This has been a hectic time for CNN, amid re-shuffling and re-inventing. The latest switch, announced this week, is to HLN (formerly Headline News), its short-form spin-off; it will become social media-oriented, forever watching what is trending,