Tracy Baim

Tracy Baim is publisher and executive editor at Windy City Media Group, which produces Windy City Times, Nightspots, and other gay media in Chicago. She co-founded Windy City Times in 1985 and Outlines newspaper in 1987.

She started in Chicago gay journalism in 1984 at GayLife newspaper, one month after graduating with a news-editorial degree from Drake University.

She is also the editor and author/co-author of several books, including Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America (2012) and Obama and the Gays: A Political Marriage (2010). Her most recent book, co-authored with Owen Keehnen, is Vernita Gray: From Woodstock to the White House (2014).

Baim was executive producer of the lesbian feature film Hannah Free, (2008, Ripe Fruit Films) and Scrooge & Marley, a gay Christmas Carol, (2012). She was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1994 and was named a Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 leader in 1995. She is also creator of That’s So Gay!, a 2,400-question LGBT history trivia game.