Paul Dailing is the editor of Chicago Lawyer magazine. He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 2002 with a major in newspaper/editorial writing and a minor in history, focusing on Ancient Greece and Macedon. He received his master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2008 with a double focus on science writing and new media journalism. He taught data journalism, ethics and research methods at Loyola University Chicago from 2012 to 2015.
He specializes in legal, scientific and investigative writing, but has covered topics as varied as the Thai sex trade, crocodile smuggling, particle physics, coal power, crime, courts, education, pollution, frogs and political arrests. Past staff positions have included assistant editor for Law Bulletin Media’s Leading Lawyers magazine, editorial operations coordinator for Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, local editor for AOL’s Patch.com, education reporter for the Aurora (Ill.) Beacon-News, government reporter for the Kane County (Ill.) Chronicle and intern for the Agence France-Presse Asia Pacific Bureau stationed in Bangkok, Thailand. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, The Times of Northwest Indiana, InsideCounsel magazine, the Huffington Post, Getty Images and the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald.
Honors have included a Peter Lisagor Award for Exemplary Journalism and multiple awards from the Illinois Associated Press Editors Association. His work his featured in the Chicago History Museum's ongoing “Chicago Authored” exhibit highlighting writers who “define the character of Chicago and help us understand the complexity of our great city.” He runs a walking tour on political corruption and once found a triceratops femur. He lives in Chicago with his wife and son.