Don Hayner

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Don Hayner
BornChicago, Illinois
  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Ripon College
  • John Marshall Law School

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Don Hayner is an American author and former journalist and editor for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Early Life[edit]

Hayner was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Ripon College and John Marshall Law School. Though he began his professional life practicing law, he later switched to journalism.[1]


Hayner started at the Chicago Sun-Times as a reporter and eventually worked his way up to editor-in-chief.[2] In 2012, Hayner retired from the Sun-Times after almost 30 years of service.[3] He has co-authored three books with Thomas McNamee: Streetwise Chicago: A History of Chicago Street Names, The Metro Chicago Almanac: Fascinating Facts and Offbeat Offerings about the Windy City, and The Stadium: 1929–1994, The Official Commemorative History of the Chicago Stadium. His book Binga: The Rise and Fall of Chicago's First Black Banker[4] is a full-length biography of Chicago's first black banker, Jesse Binga, published by Northwestern University Press in November 2019.[5]


While under Hayner, the Sun-Times was awarded multiple national and local awards for investigative reporting and breaking news, including the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting in 2011.[6]


  1. "Hayner to discuss 'Binga' at Castle". The Beverly Review. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  2. "Hayner to discuss 'Binga' at Castle". The Beverly Review. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  3. Channick, Robert. "Chicago Sun-Times' top editor, Don Hayner, retires". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  4. Staff Writer. "Binga". Northwestern University Press. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  5. Staff Writer. "Binga". Northwestern University Press. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  6. Wikipedia Staff. "2011 Pulitzer Prize". Wikipedia. Retrieved 23 July 2019.

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