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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

Shootings leave at least 5 hurt 8/2/2015
At least four people were wounded in separate shootings Saturday afternoon and evening across the city, police said.

Lollapalooza 2015 day two: Metallica finds its box of fury 8/2/2015
Reports from Saturday, day two at Lollapalooza in Grant Park, from Greg Kot (GK), Bob Gendron (BG), Kevin Williams (KM) and Tracy Swartz (TS):

Toddler girl falls from window on South Side 8/2/2015
A 1-year-old girl was injured after falling out of a window Saturday morning in the South Shore neighborhood, but her condition had been stabilized later in the day, authorities said.

Paul pushes 'economic freedom zones' at campaign stop in Niles 8/2/2015
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul opened a Niles campaign stop Saturday with a call to cut taxes and shrink government.

2nd man charged in Memorial Day weekend slaying in Humboldt Park 8/1/2015
An East Village man is charged with first-degree murder after prosecutors say he helped a co-defendant chase down and fatally shoot another man in the chest over Memorial Day weekend in the Humboldt Park neighborhood.