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Ray Hanania is an award winning political columnist and former Chicago City Hall Reporter (1976-1992) and President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group Media Consultants. Hanania writes on mainstream politics and analyzes Middle East events for Creators Syndicate in English and Arabic. His columns appear in many newspapers including every Sunday in The Saudi Gazette. His columns on Chicagoland politics appear in the Chicago Southwest News-Herald and the Lawndale News, and are archived on his website He is a former columnist with the Israeli newspaper The Jerusalem Post, the Israeli news website and the Arab News in Saudi Arabia. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group which provides media and public affairs strategic consulting. Clients have included or include more than 100 candidates, elected officials and governments from U.S. Congress, state legislature, local municipalities and government services in the Chicagoland and Detroit region, and also Fortune 500 corporations from Bechtel to AON Risk Management. He is transparent about his work in his writings. RAY HANANIA Media & political analyst, distributed by Creators Syndicate “Defining the moderate Palestinian Arab voice” Ray Hanania offers a unique perspective on the news, and special insights that are sometimes humorous & always insightful on the challenges of bringing peace and an end to violence in the Middle East “two-fisted, award-winning journalism … a journalist who matters” – Chicago Reader, – Mike Miner JOURNALISM AWARDS Winner, 2009 Sigma Delta Chi National Award from the Society of Professional Journalists Winner 2009 Dr. M.T. Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award National Winner Best Ethnic Columnist in America 2006/2007 New America Media Four (4) time winner, Society of Professional Journalists Peter Lisagor Award for Column Writing (for 1985, 2002, 2006, 2009) (7-time finalist) Two-time winner, Chicago Newspaper Guild Stick-O-Type Award 1990 Pulitzer Prize Nominee (nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times) Professional communicator, media consultant, author, standup comedian, satirist, filmmaker, radio talk show host.

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