Mark Andel

Irreverent, but well-meaning

United States

English teacher, newspaper reporter, columnist, blogger, novelist, abstract painter, nonprofit donor letter writer, and corporate communications guy.


Blogs, Columns & Books

Lunker Candy

What happens when book editor Vince Noli discovers a brilliant book that could be his golden key to the Big Time – and it is written by a lawyer whose tortured body has just washed up on the shores of Lake Michigan? To what length will Vince go to guarantee his future – and at what moral cost?

Chicago Now (Closed by Alden Tribune 8/20/2022)
Hot Dog Diaries

In which your Humble Narrator and Hot-C, his intrepid partner in hot doggery, attempt to shed some light on the more dimly lit but extremely worthy hot dog joints the city has to offer, the out-of-the-way gems, the unexplored and unheralded single establishments, the garishly confident and sublime purveyors of encased meats that serve up a classic Chicago style hot dog.

Northwest Leader
Easy Mark Column List

Mark Andel has been writing newspaper columns since he began working as a newspaper reporter in Tennessee's Smoky Mountains in the early Nineties. For seven years afterward, he produced a weekly column for Chicago's Northwest Leader and North Loop News. Here is an archive of some of those columns.


Northwest Leader
Theater Reviews

Mark Andel's theater reviews that appeared in the Northwest Leader and Chicago's North Loop News.

Timeout Chicago
Bar Reviews

Mark Andel's Bar and Restaurant Reviews published in Timeout Chicago Magazine

Chicago Tribune's Redeye
Beer Articles

A sampling of newspaper beer and restaurant pieces published in the Chicago Tribune's Redeye and Metromix.

Healthcare and Science

Exploring the "Why" Hepatitis C with Betty Yao, Ph.D. | AbbVie

The hepatitis C virus (HCV) hides in the liver and other tissues such as the spleen and gall bladder, and it mutates while hiding. It's an elusive, insidious and stealthy bug that sometimes takes years to make its presence known. And by that time, it may have caused serious liver damage.

Insight Magazine
Mind Over Medicine

It may be time for the pill-dispensing physician to step aside. Make room for the growing acceptance of holistic health care.

Another Day in the Life of a Working Mom of a Child with Autism

A "Working Mother of the Year" is Mara Roman, a busy, proactive Mom balancing a demanding career with the challenges facing her daughter with autism. A trampoline, a mini-spa hot tub and a nearby bubble machine. Are we on the deck of a cruise ship? Inside a newfangled discotheque? Not quite.

Internal Corporate

Aging Panel with Financial Times

Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer Michael Severino participated as a guest panelist in a discussion on aging at the Financial Times U.S. Healthcare and Life Sciences Conference in New York City.

Abbvie Features First Medical Booth

For the first time, AbbVie presented an immunology medical research booth at European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Congress in Paris.

General Position Statement on Biosimilars

AbbVie supports the entry of biosimilars that have been shown, with robust evidence including clinical trials, to be as safe and efficacious as the originator biologic medicines.

Henrietta Lacks Unknowingly Revolutionizes Science

It is estimated that 50 million tons of her cells have been produced in laboratories, enough to circle the equator three times. They have been used for gene mapping, to create vaccines for polio and Human Papilloma Virus, and have made inroads in AIDS research. Whose cells? They belonged to Henrietta Lacks.


When Giving Gets Personal

At AbbVie, contributing to solve tough health challenges doesn't just happen in our labs and offices - it's also about how employees choose to give back.

Catholic Extension
Tornado Destroys Church

A Kansas church was reduced to rubble when a tornado tore through town. Catholic Extension appealed to Catholics across the country to help them rebuild.

Catholic Extension
Best-Selling Author Mary Higgins Clark Chairs EXTENSION Magazine Short Story Contest

Celebrated author Mary Higgins Clark was first published in Extension Magazine. Now, Clark is happy to give something back to the source of her first publishing success. She has agreed to serve as honorary chair for EXTENSION's short story contest for Catholic high school students, as part of the magazine's centennial celebration.

Catholic Extension
Help Our Missionaries

An appeal letter to encourage supporting Catholic missionaries.