Updated September 2010
McClory (MSJ71) is an associate professor emeritus at Northwestern University. He has taught at Medill on a full-time or part-time basis since 1983. Though mainly an upper level magazine-writing teacher, he has also taught freshman and sophomore writing classes, has been chief judge of numberless journalism competitions and was for many years a coordinator of summer programs on religion and media for graduate students. In 1999 he was a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Northwestern University Alumni Association.
McClory, a 1971 graduate of Medill, began his journalism career with the Chicago Defender as reporter, feature writer and city editor. He has since been a staff writer for the Chicago Reader and the National Catholic Reporter and a contributor to many publications including Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Tribune and US Catholic Magazine.
He is the author of seven books, including "The Man Who Beat Clout City," "Racism in America," "Turning Point: The Inside Story of the Papal Birth Control Commission" and "As It Was in the Beginning: The Coming Democratization of the Catholic Church." He is co-author of the play "Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day."