435 N. Michigan Avenue
Tribune Tower 400
Chicago, IL
60611
312-222-4360
Liam Ford
Reporter/Writer
My Role

I'm a reporter and sometime rewrite at the Tribune's Breaking News Center. We keep an eye on breaking stories, take quick information on breaking stories from reporters in the field and watch out for what our competition knows that we don't--but should.
My Biography

I'm a native of Chicago's Austin neighborhood, and now live on the Far North Side with my wife and two children. I've been at the Tribune since early 1998 and with the Breaking News Center since late 2008. From March 1998 to early 2001 I worked mostly with Tribune columnist John Kass and earned the nickname "Slim." From 2001-2004 I covered the renovation of Soldier Field as part of my beat reporting on the Chicago Park District; my book on the history of the stadium, "Soldier Field: A Stadium and Its City," was published in October 2009. Before coming to the Tribune, I was a reporter, rewrite and sometime radio news editor with the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago for several years; I started my career as a reporter at the Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, Alabama. My family's been in Chicago since at least 1857. I'm the eldest of eight siblings.
My Interests

I read and write about history and politics. Much of my free time is spent with my wife and kids at various Chicago parks and museums. As part of my interest in Chicago history, I sometimes take photos of buildings that are about to be torn down, and I collect old photographs of Chicago buildings. I keep bees.
My Recent Articles

Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off at Congress and State 11/27/2014
The city kicked off Thursday's turkey festivities with the McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade at Congress Parkway and State Street. 

Woman, 31, found shot dead in Gary alley 11/27/2014
A woman was found fatally wounded early Thursday morning in an alleyway near her home in Gary, Ind., said officials.

Crash-and-grab burglars hitting high-end stores in suburbs and Chicago 11/27/2014
Barreling a vehicle through a store's thick glass window, the masked thieves smash a path toward their target: expensive jeans, handbags or jewelry.

Ferguson protester in Chicago charged with felony 11/27/2014
A Logan Square man has been charged with a felony after he was arrested along with two others while protesting the fatal shooting of a black teenager by police in Ferguson, Mo., police said.

Flurries, cold expected for Thanksgiving 11/27/2014
Planning to head downtown for the Thanksgiving Day parade?