Mary Dixon is news anchor and co-host of the XRT Morning Show, 5:30 – 10 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Here’s what she likes: Wilco, Jane Austen, white legal pads, Hogwarts, Radiohead, The Rolling Stones, ‘Veep’, Scotch, The Second City, Monty Python, and a good ratchet screwdriver.
Here’s what she doesn’t like: dishonesty, clutter and weak cocktails.
She was born in Chicago and grew up in Dixon, Illinois (not a coincidence), where she started working in radio as high school senior. She earned journalism degrees from Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois-Springfield. As a reporter, she won Associated Press and Lisagor honors for investigative, business and features stories. She’s been part of the XRT Morning Show, on and off, for 22 years. In the off years, she was reporting for CNN and WGN-TV or having babies – all ventures involving high stress, unusual hours and many joys.
1. What’s been keeping you up at night?
The breakdown of our small-d democratic norms. The assertion that journalism one disagrees with is “fake news.” The argument by a few that a rock station founded by hippies and that plays U2, Dylan, Springsteen, Mavis Staples, Wilco, The Beatles and The Clash should “stick to the music.”
2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?
St. Vincent playing an acoustic Studio X set for a very small group at XRT. She is amazing.
Watching “Lady Bird,” “The Last Jedi” and “Wonder Woman” with my teenaged daughters and husband. They always know when to hand mom a Kleenex.
3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?
The news is exciting every day, and I’ve learned the hard way not to complain about the rare slow patch.
4. If you could add anyone, dead or alive to your team, who would it be?
My home team is rock solid, thanks to my husband Mark Caro. If I needed to add anyone to the work team beyond Lin Brehmer and producer Chris Cwiak?
I’d draft Katharine Graham, JK Rowling, NPR’s Tamara Keith, Greta Johnsen & Tricia Bobeda, Mavis, and Jane Austen.
5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?
“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”