Thomas Frisbie has been an award-winning writer and editor for the
Chicago Sun-Times since 1976. During that time he has worked as a
reporter, copy editor, section editor, columnist, page designer,
illustrator and news editor.
In 1978, Frisbie won the Jacob Scher Award for Excellence in Investigative
Reporting from Women in Communications for a series of stories on
insurance fraud at the state's biggest driving school, which was
shut down by the state of Illinois after the articles appeared.
He also was one of a team of reporters that won an award from United
Press International for breaking-news coverage of a 1979 crash of
a DC-10 passenger jet at O'Hare Airport and a separate award for
a later report on the failure of the public-safety communications
networks on the day of the crash. He twice was a finalist for the
Peter Lisagor Award given by the Chicago Headline Club for reports
on judges who made rulings in cases in which it turned out one side
was represented by the judges' campaign managers and on the open
selling of illegal drugs in the Cook County Forest Preserves. In
2008, he was a Lisagor Award finalist for Editorial Cartoons. Judges
called the cartoon, which was about the Iraq war, a "clever way
of illustrating the morass we're in."
From 1985 to 2001, he was editor of the the Sun-Times
Education Guide, a section covering higher education that appeared
six times a year. He also was news editor of the Sun-Times'
afternoon edition, the Chicago Sun-Times Final Markets
from 1995-2005, and now is editor of the downloadable Chicago
Sun-Times P.M. edition.
In 1998, he co-authored with Randy Garrett Victims of Justice
(Avon), a book about the DuPage County case in which Rolando Cruz
and Alejandro Hernandez were sentenced to death for the 1983 murder
of Jeanine Nicarico only to be freed ten years later. An expanded
and updated edition, Victims of Justice Revisited, was published
by Northwestern University Press in 2005.
In 1999, Frisbie assisted in the editing of and was a contributing
writer to 20th Century Chicago: 100 Years, 100 Voices, a
year-by-year chronological history of Chicago. He also copy edited The
Stadium (Performance Media, 1993), the official commemorative history
of the Chicago Stadium.
Before joining the Sun-Times, Frisbie worked at Pioneer Press from 1974
He has a degree in political science from the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign and is immediate past-president of the Society
of Midland Authors. He lives with his wife and three
children in a Chicago suburb.