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Justin Breen

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Justin Breen is a Senior Editor at DNAinfo.com Chicago.

In addition to his editorial duties, Breen also covers sports, features, urban animals and other human-interest topics.

Breen previously worked at The Times of Northwest Indiana, where he was Sports Editor before being promoted to Assistant Managing Editor. He also had a brief stint as the Interim Editor at the Rapid City (S.D.) Journal, where he oversaw a 35-person newsroom. Breen was selected one of the "Top 25 Publishing Leaders Under 35 Years Old" by Editor & Publisher in 2011.

Breen also worked at the Post-Tribune of Northwest Indiana and the Michigan City (Ind.) News-Dispatch. Breen is a 1999 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he serves as the university's Alumni Board Journalism Chair.

Breen and his wife, Sarah, former Edison Park and Lakeview residents, are proud parents of Jacob "Jake" Michael Breen, who was born Oct. 10, 2012, and Chase Logan Breen, who was born June 25, 2014.

Fun Fact: It's not really fun, but Breen runs six days a week outside, no matter the weather conditions.

Lincoln Park & Old Town »

October 13, 2017

Don't smash the bugs on your couch; otherwise you'll have the smell all over you, an expert says.

West Loop, Near West Side, Pilsen »

July 31, 2017

It's illegal to explore the century-plus-old silos, but numerous Chicagoans go there anyway.

Lincoln Square, Albany Park, Roscoe Village & North Center »

July 31, 2017

The Mayfair Pumping Station has a critical, storied place in Chicago's history.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

June 21, 2017

Asked to multiply 9 times 9, a third-grader wrote Marian Hossa's last name instead of 81, earning an A+.

Bridgeport, Chinatown & McKinley Park »

June 6, 2017

More than 20 years ago, Benetti wrote he "would like to be the White Sox sportscaster."

Hyde Park & Kenwood »

June 6, 2017

The last U. of C. Lab Schools' team to win was anchored by the son of Bears legend Alonzo Stagg in 1927.

Uptown & Andersonville »

June 2, 2017

Lakeview's Chloe Symons spends her springs and summers protecting the rare birds.

Downtown, South Loop & River North »

June 2, 2017

Paul Wasserman and his neighbors see dozens of bird species come through their South Loop complex.