Talbott began reporting at the City News Bureau where his
father started during the Front Page era, and moved to the
Chicago Sun-Times where he worked for more than
a reporter, he covered the civil rights movement, riots,
corruption and city and state government. As political
editor, chief political writer and columnist in Chicago
as a Washington correspondent, Talbott covered six Chicago
mayors from Daley to Daley, six presidents, two national
campaign cycles, the fall of two U.S. House speakers, and
the Illinois Legislature and the Congress.
his last post, Talbott covered the impeachment and trial
of President Bill Clinton for Congress Daily,
a paper on Capitol Hill. He arrived in Des Moines five
ago to live in Des Moines, near where his great grandfather
settled in 1845, and is in his fifth year of commuting
Iowa City to teach a full load of classes.