Roger Ebert is attending his 35th consecutive conference and does not know what he would do without it: "Here I have learned nearly everything I know, and contributed even more than that."
Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic of the Chicago Sun-Times, syndicated to some 200 other papers. He also is co-host of the television show Ebert & Roeper and teaches in the University of Chicago fine arts program. He has honorary doctorates from the University of Colorado and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
His book The Great Movies contains essays on 100 classic films. His other books include annual editions of Roger Ebertís Movie Yearbook, I Hated Hated HATED This Movie, Roger Ebert's Book of Film and The Perfect London Walk. His annual CWA shot-by-shot film analysis, dubbed Cinema Interruptus by the late Howard Higman, inspired the commentary tracks for the DVDs of Dark City, Casablanca and Citizen Kane (which won Variety's Video Premiere Award as the best DVD commentary of the year). His commentary on Ozu's masterpiece Floating Weeds will be on the Criterion DVD of the film, set for release this spring, and the Criterion Collection informs him that everyone who gave an address at the Interruptus last year will get a free copy.
Ebertís web site was voted Best Movie Review Website by the Online Film Critics Society. He has been responsible for luring Bill Nack, Andy Ihnatko and Pepper Schwartz to the CWA, and would appreciate it if you could strew palms before them as they walk about the campus and proffer them sweetmeats, honeyed balm and the like.