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

Duckworth blasts Kirk on Iran letter; his campaign dings her tax mistake 3/31/2015
— Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth on Tuesday criticized Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk as "irresponsible" for recently signing an open letter to the government of Iran regarding ongoing nuclear talks.

Abandoned lot in West Rogers Park may soon get renovations 3/31/2015
The slab of concrete sits at the end of miles of otherwise well-kept parks along the North Shore Channel. Untouched for at least a decade, the empty parking lot is filled with graffiti and broken glass and has become a magnet for crime. Long-patient West Rogers Park residents hope that may...

Garcia hits Emanuel on 'pay-to-play' politics 3/31/2015
Challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Tuesday criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel for “pay-to-play” politics, staging a news conference outside the Loop headquarters of a top donor to the mayor’s campaign.

Sheriff's eviction unit finds man's body in Skokie home 3/31/2015
A man's body was found in a Skokie home Tuesday morning by sheriff's officials who were serving an eviction warrant, officials said.

Ernie Banks' will confirmed by judge 3/31/2015
Ernie Banks did not appear ill when he signed and executed a will that left his entire estate to a longtime caretaker, according to witnesses who testified Tuesday at a critical hearing over the hotly contested will of the Chicago Cubs great.