Former Chicago City Hall reporter hosts politics podcast

Former Chicago City Hall reporter hosts politics podcast

Former Chicago City Hall reporter hosts politics podcast

Ray Hanania, a former Chicago City Hall reporter, and political columnist during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, has launched a new podcast available for free on most podcat systems.

Called “Ray Hanania on Politics,” the podcast is recorded several times each week and addresses mainstream American politics from developments in Chicagoland to the nation’s capital.

The “Ray Hanania on Politics” podcast is available through iTunes, Podbean, Anchor, Google podcasts, Spotify, Breaker, Overcast, Pocket Casts and RadioPublic as well as through Hanania’s host podcast website at

Hanania also hosts a Middle East podcast that is also available on iTunes, Podbean and other major podcast sites called “Ray Hanania’s Mainstream and Middle East” podcast.



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The most recent podcast takes listeners back to the late 1970s and the election of Jane M. Byrne as Chicago’s first woman mayor. Hanania talks about how Byrne launched her campaign, the battles she fought with Mayor Michael A. Bilandic and the “cabal of evil men,” her label for the three aldermen who ran Bilandic’s administration, Ed “Fast Eddie” Vrdolyak, Edward M. Burke and Outfit alderman Fred Roti.

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award-winning columnist, author & former Chicago City Hall reporter (1977-1992). A veteran who served during the Vietnam War and the recipient of four SPJ Peter Lisagor Awards for column writing, Hanania writes weekly opinion columns on mainstream American & Chicagoland topics for the Southwest News-Herald, Des Plaines Valley News, the Regional News, The Reporter Newspapers, and Suburban Chicagoland.  

Hanania also writes about Middle East issues for the Arab News, and The Arab Daily News criticizing government policies in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

A critic of mainstream news media bias, Hanania advocates for peace & justice for Israel & Palestine, & the empowerment of Arabs in America. 

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Click Here to LISTEN to Hanania's live radio show on 2nd Friday every month 7 AM CST. Click here to listen to Ray's Podcasts. 

His columns are archived here. Hanania was named "Best Ethnic American Columnist" by the New America Media in November 2007, and is the 2009 recipient of the SPJ National Sigma Delta Chi Award for column writing.

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