435 N. Michigan Avenue
Tribune Tower 400
Chicago, IL
Liam Ford
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

Violence leaves 3 dead, 5 wounded in separate incidents 9/1/2015
Three men were killed and another five injured in attacks between mid-morning Monday and early Tuesday morning across the city, according to police.

Plane to Chicago diverted because of mid-air fight 9/1/2015
A plane to Chicago from San Diego was diverted to a town in Texas after a fight broke out on board, according to police in Amarillo. 

Officers alert family to Little Village electrical fire 9/1/2015
Officers patrolling their beat in the Little Village neighborhood woke up a family after they saw smoke coming from the roof of their home early Tuesday morning.

Emanuel met with chants, protesters at first public budget hearing 9/1/2015
Mayor Rahm Emanuel faced a largely hostile crowd Monday night as he held his first public budget meeting in four years, with protesters who want to reopen a Bronzeville high school taking another opportunity to showcase their cause.

Pope Francis asks bullied Chicago girl to sing for him 9/1/2015
Pope Francis, speaking Monday from Rome via satellite to people in three American cities, asked a teenage girl to sing for him as he sought prayers for his upcoming trip to the United States.