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Local Leadership

Local Officers

CNG’s President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer make up the Local Officers. Officers are elected biennially in even-numbered years by secret ballot membership referendum.

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Andy Grimm

CNG President

Andy is a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, where he has worked since 2014. Previously, he worked at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Chicago Tribune, and the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune (where he served two terms as president of the Gary Newspaper Guild).  Andy is currently serving his second term as CNG President. 

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Grace Catania

CNG Co-Vice President

​Grace is a judicial interpreter for the Office of the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County where she has worked since 1994. She has worked her way up from steward to unit chair to local president. She is also active in The NewsGuild and District 4 and was Chair of the National Women's Committee of CWA. 


Michelle Driver

CNG Co-Vice President

Michelle Driver has been in the labor movement since 2003 first as a steward and then as Area Steward working at OEMC. Never one to turn down a challenge.  She is currently on staff as a Hearing Officer at SEIU Local 73 and fighting every day (and some nights) for workers rights. Very outspoken and passionate about creating and developing a better workplace for all. 


Yadira Esparza

CNG Co-Vice President

Bio Coming Soon!

Office Setup

Tim Campbell

CNG Secretary

Tim Campbell has been a member of the Guild since 2007, joining the General Press unit. At the time, he worked with fellow Guild Member Kathy Devine producing Union newsletters, non-profit materials, political campaign literature and other printed communications. Currently serving his second term as Secretary of the local, he chairs the Election committee and is a member of the personnel and finance committees.

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Yiran Zhang


Yiran Zhang is a strategic researcher at SEIU Local 1, secretary-treasurer of the SEIU Local 1 staff union, and treasurer of the Chicago NewsGuild. Her work in the labor movement began back in 2016 with both community organizing and unionizing with her fellow grad student workers, and will continue until we all win our collective liberation! In her free time, she powerlifts, makes her 2 cats wear silly little outfits, and doomscrolls on twitter.

Local Executive Board

CNG’s Executive Board consists of all elected Local officers, all elected unit chairpersons, and unit delegates and alternates elected by each unit at the rate of one delegate and one alternate for every 50 members.  Executive Board members serve as the connection between their unit and the Local. All Executive Board members are expected to sit on a CNG committee. Each unit shall receive nominations for, and elect annually, in January or February, unit delegates and alternates to Local Executive Board.


Unit board members (unit chair, unit delegate and alternate) can be found on each unit’s page

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