Allison Hantschel is a 10-year veteran of the newspaper business. She is the author of the books Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs (2011, Arcadia Publishing, with Mike Danahey) and It Doesn’t End With Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal, about a great liberal journalism institution (2007, Heritage Books). She also edited the anthology Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith and the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War (2005, William, James & Co.).
Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Daily Southtown, Sirens Magazine, and Alternet.
She lives in Chicago with her husband, two ferrets, and about 60 tons of books.
She publishes First Draft, a writing and politics blog, with her partners Holden, Jude and Scout.