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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

No bail for man accused of Back of the Yards shooting 1/29/2015
A judge denied bail Thursday for a 37-year-old man accused of a domestic-related shooting in September that injured two people in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Sharp rise in prisoners allowed to go home pending trial in Cook County 1/29/2015
If you are charged with a felony in Chicago, chances are you'll find yourself in a scuffed-up, sunlit courtroom on the Southwest Side known as Central Bond Court.

Nuns make new claims in lawsuit against Stone Park strip club 1/29/2015
A group of nuns and residents who live near a west suburban strip club are making new allegations against the business in an amended lawsuit they hope will lead to the club shutting down.

Woman admits false rescue call, then denies guilt after court 1/29/2015
A Chicago woman wiped tears from her eyes after pleading guilty Thursday to making a false 911 call reporting that a man had fallen into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan near Rogers Beach two years ago.

CTU's Karen Lewis: 'We have other places we can fight' 1/29/2015
Karen Lewis strode a few paces from her Merchandise Mart office to a conference room with downtown views, clad in a royal blue skirt and head wrap that contrasted with a pair of Chicago Teachers Union red high-tops.