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Phil Arvia biography

Updated: January 21, 2013 12:14PM



A lifelong resident of Thornton (look for the world’s largest limestone quarry and drop in), Phil Arvia has been writing for money since 1979, when he covered a cross country meet for what was then the Harvey edition of the Star Tribune.

He made journalism a full-time gig in 1985, upon graduating from Columbia College Chicago and taking a job with the Berwyn-Cicero Life as a general assignment reporter, assistant sports editor and health and medicine editor.

From there, he became the sports editor at The Daily Calumet, which was absorbed by the then-Southtown Economist in September 1987. He worked as a prep writer and copy editor until 1993, when he became the Southtown’s first traveling beat writer, covering the Chicago White Sox.

Arvia was a four-days-per-week sports columnist from 1995 through 2007, covering an Olympics and several World Series and Super Bowls among many other high-profile events. He has been the SouthtownStar’s sports editor since November 2007.

His work has been honored by the Chicago Headline Club, from which he won two Lisagor Awards for column writing and an Ethics in Journalism Award; the Associated Press Sports Editors; the Illinois Press Association; and the Illinois (AP) Editors Association.

Arvia and his wife, Tammy, live about two blocks from the house where he grew up. She occasionally lets him leave to play bass in a band of similarly arrested adolescents, the Glumlords.

Phil Arvia can be reached at parvia@southtownstar.com.



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