Tamara O'Shaughnessy


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When Tamara L. O'Shaughnessy tells moms and dads she's editor at Chicago Parent, they often remark that she must be the perfect parent. She's not. Not even close. What she is, though, is a mom who loves her three kids, Marty, Arlee and Zoe, so intensely it sometimes makes her heart hurt. She also loves putting out a magazine full of tips, articles and resources that helps other moms and dads. O'Shaughnessy spent 21 years working in daily newspapers, before joining Chicago Parent six years ago. Like so many parents, she struggles to keep work, home life with husband Bob and three very busy kids' activities in balance without losing her mind. Some days, she's successful; some days, not so much.

Email Tamara at [email protected].

Hillary Bird

Managing Editor


A Midwestern farm girl, Hillary Bird is a sports writer turned mom turned Chicago Parent aficionado. With two young daughters, there's so much to learn and live and teach about being a parent in an age of Elmo, Mickey and Kindle. She graduated from Michigan State University — twice — and has worked at newspapers north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line since 1995. She and her husband live with two kids, two cats and a grill on the South side. 

Email Hillary at [email protected].

Katina Beniaris

Digital Editor

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Born in Chicago, Katina Beniaris has always loved the city thanks to her mom finding the latest family fun attractions listed in Chicago Parent. She then spent her college years studying journalism at Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University. When she’s not working, you can find her on the lookout for the next best brunch spot in the Chicagoland area. 

Email Katina at [email protected].

Mike Risher

IT and Digital Developer

Mike Risher is a Web developer for Wednesday Journal, Inc., where he has helped launch and re-launch several websites, including,, and Mike works in all aspects of Web programming -- server-side scripting, CSS, Javascript, XHTML, as well as teaching himself how to develop for mobile platforms. Currently he spends most of his time working on his new Web framework, codenamed Snowflake.

E-mail Mike at [email protected].