Ebert attended 38 consecutive conferences before surgery sidelined him in 2006. He testifies: "Here I have learned nearly everything I know and contributed even more than that."
Ebert is the Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic at the Chicago Sun-Times and is syndicated to some 200 other papers. For 33 years he was co-host of a weekly TV program reviewing the movies. He is the only film critic to have his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is an honorary lifetime member of the Directors Guild of America.
His newest books are Scorsese by Ebert and Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2009. He has written numerous books about the great movies and two collections that explain themselves: I Hated Hated HATED This Movie and Your Movie Sucks. Having bragged for years at CWA that he could cook almost anything in a rice cooker, he is intensely proud of his 2009 book, The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker.
His annual CWA stop-action film analysis, Cinema Interruptus, has inspired commentary tracks for the DVDs of several films, including Dark City and Casablanca, as well as Citizen Kane, which won Variety's Video Premiere Award as the best DVD commentary of the year. Ebertís website was voted Best Movie Review Website by the Online Film Critics Society.
If you see him around campus in love with a beautiful woman, that is his wife, Chaz, a former trial attorney and current Democratic Party activist, who is also a CWA participant this year.