Steve Dolinsky Biography
Steve Dolinsky is an American Reporter, Host, and Author working for WMAQ-TV NBC 5 Chicago in Illinois as a food reporter on his show, “Food Guy”. Prior to joining the station in August 2021, he worked for Walt Disney Television.
Steve Dolinsky Age
Dolinsky was born in the year 1968 in St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States. He is therefore 55 years old as of 2023. However, he has not yet disclosed the date and month he was born.
Steve Dolinsky Height
Dolinsky stands at an approximate height of 5 feet and 8 inches.
Steve Dolinsky Family
Dolinsky grew up in a kosher household. However, he has managed to keep his personal life away from the limelight hence he has not disclosed any information about his parents. It is also not known if Dolinsky has any siblings.
Steve Dolinsky Wife
Dolinsky is a married man and his spouse is Amy Dordek Dolinsky. He has managed to keep his marriage life quite private from the limelight, hence their wedding date is unknown. It is also not known whether they have any kids or not.
Steve Dolinsky Net Worth
Dolinsky has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million and $5 Million which he has earned through his successful career as a Reporter and Host.
Steve Dolinsky Salary
Dolinsky earns an annual salary ranging from $ 45,000 – $ 110,500.
Steve Dolinsky Education
Dolinsky is a proud alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he attended from 1986 to 1990. He graduated from the university with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and History. During his stint at the university, he served as a sports writer for Daily Cardinal Newspaper and was part of the Sigma Alpha Mu.
Steve Dolinsky Career
Dolinsky has made a significant impact in the food and media landscape with a diverse range of roles. He serves at NBC Chicago – WMAQ as a Food Reporter (on a freelance basis), where he hosts his program “Food Guy”. The program airs on NBC Chicago every Thursday at 10 PM. Besides working at WMAQ, Dolinsky has also immersed himself in the world of pizza.
Dolinsky owns a bi-monthly podcast, “Pizza City”, where he is the host and producer. He has been the owner and tour leader of “Pizza City USA” since May 2018. He is also the Founder and Curator of “Pizza City Fest”, a venture spanning both Chicago and Los Angeles since January 2022. For nearly two decades (2003 – 2021), Dolinsky served as the “Hungry Hound” on ABC 7 (Chicago). Prior to joining ABC 7, Dolinsky held the position of Host and Executive Producer of the program “Good Eating.” This weekly, half-hour show graced the screens of CLTV, the 24-hour cable news channel under The Tribune Company’s ownership. Over 8 years, he produced and hosted 52 shows annually, earning 6 James Beard Awards for his outstanding contributions. Overall, he holds 13 James Beard Awards.
Beyond his food ventures, Dolinsky wears multiple hats as an Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University Medill School, a role he’s held for over 2 years (since June 2021), and as the Owner of Always Hungry Experiences and Always Hungry Media since January 2015 and January 2001, respectively. Dolinsky’s influence extends to real estate as a part-time Director at Baum Realty Group since May 2021.
Before joining WMAQ, Dolinsky worked as a Food Reporter for Walt Disney Television from September 2003 to February 2021 and as a Co-Producer/Host of The Feed Podcast from January 2014 to August 2019. He has showcased his food and travel writing skills for renowned publications such as The Globe and Mail and The Chicago Tribune from March 2013 to December 2018 and March 2012 to December 2018, respectively. His journey in the media world began as a Food Reporter for Public Radio International (PRI) from March 2000 to April 2017 and later as the Executive Producer-Host of “Good Eating” at Tribune Broadcasting from November 1992 to August 2003.
Since the year 2009, Dolinsky has served as among the 26 Academy Chairs for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In this role, he oversees and recruits 40 voters in the Mid-USA/Canada region. Beyond that, he has shared his insights by speaking and moderating at various industry events, including the Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen and the New York City Wine and Food Festival. Dolinsky likes dedicating his spare time to various charitable causes in Chicago, Illinois. Most especially, he likes helping organizations that concentrate on hunger relief, such as Meals on Wheels and Share Our Strength.
Steve Dolinsky NBC 5 Chicago – WMAQ-TV
Dolinsky is working at WMAQ-TV where he works alongside other famous WMAQ-TV meteorologists, anchors, and reporters including;
- Mike Berman
- Jeff Blanzy
- Marion Brooks
- Evrod Cassimy
- Kate Chappell
- Lisa Chavarria
- Jen DeSalvo
- Christian Farr
- Patrick Fazio
Steve Dolinsky Pizza City USA
Dolinsky is the owner of “Pizza City USA Tours,” which he started back in May 2018. Offering a unique experience, he carefully organizes 4 tours across the city. Each tour treats guests to a taste of four pizza styles within a 3-hour timeframe. The weekends feature 1 bus tour, typically guided by him, and 3 walking tours. For additional details, you can check out pizzacityusa.com.
Steve Dolinsky Culinary Communications
Beyond his culinary adventures, Dolinsky established a media training company, “Culinary Communications” catering to the food industry. This venture extends its reach beyond Chicago, collaborating with chefs and other professionals in the beverage and food realm, providing them with essential skills for managing various media exposures. His expertise also branches into real estate, where he collaborates with companies to create spaces for food and drink clients. Additionally, Dolinsky orchestrates virtual pizza and/or cocktail experiences for companies and works individually with clients to curate one-of-a-kind culinary adventures.
Steve Dolinsky Books
As an author, Dolinsky has written 2 books. His first book was “Pizza City USA: 101 Reasons Why Chicago is America’s Greatest Pizza Town”, which was published by Northwestern University Press in the year 2018. He explored 185 spots around Chicagoland, munching away for a continuous six months, all to craft this book. The book takes on the popular belief that the most-loved and prevalent pizza style in Chicago is deep-dish pizza. Dolinsky’s 2nd book is “The Ultimate Chicago Pizza Guide: A History of Squares & Slices in the Windy City”.
Steve Dolinsky Website
Dolinsky has a website, where he updates his portfolio. To view the site, click HERE.
Steve Dolinsky Social Media Platforms
He is active on his social media accounts and is often seen posting on his Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. He has over 30.7K followers on Instagram.