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

Police: 2 shot in West Englewood, including girl, 4 5/23/2015
A 4-year-old girl was shot in the head and a 17-year-old boy she was with was wounded in the neck Friday night in the West Englewood neighborhood, police said.

Rauner names 4 to tollway board 5/23/2015
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday announced the appointment of four people, including former DuPage County Chairman Robert Schillerstrom, to the Illinois Tollway board.

Prairie Crossing Charter School, state face new lawsuit over funding 5/23/2015
Two Lake County school districts have filed suit against a controversial local charter school and the state education board over a funding error that will draw more money away from the public school systems.

Cop purportedly sleeping on video gets suspension 5/23/2015
A Chicago police officer was given a five-day suspension after he was caught on video seemingly asleep in his marked SUV, the department announced Friday.

Illinois bill aims for local police to investigate college campus sexual assaults 5/22/2015
When state Rep. David Harris learned about Northern Illinois University campus police botching a sexual assault investigation, he believed he had to act.